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Introduction to the Datamartist User Interface

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There are four main areas of the datamartist user interface:

  • Navigation and Libraries - By selecting different tabs, the user can modify data sources, add new blocks and navigate through the different canvases in the project. See below for a more detailed review.
  • Canvas Area - this is the area where all the block digrams are created and where all the data transformation is defined. By creating drawings of blocks connected together, and configuring the blocks, data transformations are created.
  • Pan and Zoom - the Pan and Zoom control lets you navigate accross the canvas, zooming in and out as needed.
  • Data viewer and Block configuration - this area provides access to the data viewer and profiler and is also where you configure a number of the blocks- as you select a data connector, the data viewer will be displayed showing the data being passed by that connection. Selecting certain block types will cause the block configuration controls to be displayed, letting you modify the data transformation that the block is doing.

The Navigation and Libraries Tabs

There are three key tabs in this area, which are used to add data to the canvases, to add blocks, and to navigate between the various areas of the project.

Data Sources

docs-data-sources-tab (24K) This tab allows you to make external data sources available by connecting to databases or files. You can quickly create the necssary import blocks by selecting one or more sources, and draging and dropping onto the canvas.

Transform Blocks

docs-transform-blocks-tab (17K) This tab provides the block library of all blocks available. Blocks can be dragged from the library, and dropped where needed on the canvas.

Canvas Navigator

docs-canvases-tab (9K) This tab shows all the canvases and their releations to each other using a tree view. Clicking on a canvas makes it visible in the canvas area.