23.2 Create the Data Model and Layout

When you are creating a single-query report, such as this one, you can use the Report Wizard to create the data model and layout simultaneously.

To create a data model and layout:

  1. Launch Reports Builder (or, if already open, choose File > New > Report)

  2. In the Welcome or New Report dialog box, select Use the Report Wizard, then click OK.

  3. If the Welcome page displays, click Next.

  4. On the Report Type page, select Create Paper Layout Only, then click Next.

  5. On the Style page, type a Title for your report, select Form Letter, then click Next.

  6. On the Data Source page, click SQL Query, then click Next.

  7. On the Data page, enter the following SELECT statement in the Data Source definition field:



    You can enter this query in any of the following ways:
    • Copy and paste the code from the provided text file called condform_code.txt into the Data Source definition field.

    • Click Query Builder to build the query without entering any code manually.

    • Type the code in the Data Source definition field.

  8. Click Next.


    If you are not already connected to a database, you will be prompted to connect to the database when you click Query Builder or Next. Ensure that you connect to a database that has the appropriate schema for this example. Section 23.1, "Prerequisites for This Example" describes the sample schema requirements for this example.
  9. Type the first paragraph of your letter in the Form Letter Text window:

    Dear Employee  &<ENAME>, 
    Mark your calendar! You are invited to 
    attend the Summit Sporting Goods annual
    picnic on June 15, from 11:00 AM to 
    6:00 PM.  Be prepared for lots of food,
    lots of entertainment, and lots of fun.


    Be sure to include hard returns at the end of each line.
  10. Click Next.

  11. On the Template page, select No template, then click Finish to preview your report output in the Paper Design view.

  12. Save the report as condform_your_initials.rdf.