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About a materialized view column

A materialized view column exists in a materialized view and is a query reference to column in a physical schema table or business schema view.

Properties of a materialized view column

A materialized view column has the following configurable properties:

Property Control Description
Show in Analyzer checkbox Select to show as a selectable column in the Data Panel in the Analyzer
Name read only The column’s name; used in the fully qualified name of the column.
Label text box A user friendly name
Type drop down list The data type of the column. The data type of a column in a materialized view is initially determined by the source column.
Function drop down list Select the Incorta Function of the column
Source Encrypted drop down list Select if the source column is encrypted in shared storage

Name property

The name property, by default, is the source column’s name. You can use the SQL AS command to change this property. You can still edit the label property as needed.

Type property

The source column’s type property initially determines the type property of the materialized view column. If you change the type property of a physical schema table column, it will affect the referenced column in the materialized view. If you change the type property of a physical schema table column that cannot be properly type casted, you may need to recreate the materialized view.

Note

While you can change the type property of the column, improperly setting the type property can result in load errors or improper visualization functionality.

Function property

The function property of a materialized view column not only determines how the Loader Service stores data for the column, but also influences how tools such as the Analyzer assign a specific behavior to the column.

Note

You should maintain that the function property of a column in a materialized view is the same as the source column’s function property.

Function: Key

A column that functions as key defines a uniqueness constraint. For a materialized view, you can specify zero or more key columns. Two or more key columns define a composite key for the given materialized view.

As a unique constraint, the Loader Service will enforce the uniqueness of rows based on the defined key column or composite key columns.

In the Data Panel of the Analyzer and the Formula Builder, a key column shows as having a key icon.

Function: Dimension

A dimension categorizes, describes, or groups data. Examples of a dimension column are State, Year, or City. Dimension columns do not require unique values.

A dimension column has an associated behavior in the Analyzer. When a user double-clicks a dimension column in the Data panel, the Analyzer automatically adds the column to the Grouping Dimension tray in the Insight panel.

Function: Measure

A measure is a measurement of data. Examples of a measure column are Revenue, Quantity, and Cost.

A measure column has an associated behavior in the Analyzer. When a user double-clicks a measure column in the Data panel, the Analyzer automatically adds the column to the Measure tray in the Insight panel.

Encryption property

A materialized view does not directly encrypt columns. If the source column is encrypted this property will need to be set to true, otherwise the column’s rows will display the encrypted form of the data as a string.


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