OBIEE Popup / Tooltip / Mouse Hover effect

There are some thread/blogs already talks about how to get the OBIEE popup/tooltip effect . As some of the threads are not easy to understand and for some blogs the popup/tooltip is not working for me I want to write my own.

As we know this feature is cool but unfortunately this feature is not available as out of box with OBIEE 11g or 12c.

This leverages a JS called Tipped JS and leveraging the JQuery and Javascript capabilities out there.

So this is the requirement :

We have an Event Main report which shows the aggregated metrics for the number of attendees in that event and we want to mouse hover on Event name and want to see the details as in popup/mouse hover/tooltip report exactly like below:

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So I need to create 2 different reports. One is Main report and other is detail. Idea is every time you hover on Event Name in Main report it is going to run additional query to run Event detail report. So for OBIEE each hover is new query . This is very cool and very powerful to run the detail report on each mouse hover. And at the same time DB cost is associated for that. To get a really nice cool hover effect the DB needs to return the results very fast.

So you need custom JS to give that tooltip effect from here : and will use a powerful OBIEE feature which is HTML expression wrapped around to insert JS , JQuery , CSS , HTML and OBIEE GO URL code  to format the look and feel.

Pushed that required JS library to OBIEE and restart analyticsRes module from console. So in my case I copied the files which packaged inside tipped JS here and update analyticsRes / Stop and start that deployment module :  [MiddleWare_Home]/instances/instance1/bifoundation/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/analyticsRes/tipped-

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Next, you need to refer those library as static text in your main report and add below:just replace &lt; with < and &gt; with >

&lt ; script type=”text/javascript” src=”; &gt; &lt ; /script &gt;

&lt ;script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://obieenode:9704/analyticsRes/tipped-”&gt; &lt ; /script &gt;

&lt ;link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”http://obieenode:9704/analyticsRes/tipped-”/ &gt;

And add below as column expression in the column in your report : In my case I have added it under “Event Name” expression : (ignore the error after hitting ok) . Refer the screenshot below incase text is garbled with wordpress formatting.

‘&lt;div id=”showme’ || TRIM(CAST(“D_EVENTS_DXP”.”EVENT_ID” AS CHAR(10))) || ‘”&gt;’ || D_EVENTS_DXP.EVENT_NAME || ‘&lt;/div&gt;’ || ‘&lt;script type=”text/javascript”&gt; jQuery(document).ready(function($) {Tipped.create(“#showme’ || TRIM(CAST(“D_EVENTS_DXP”.”EVENT_ID” as CHAR(10))) ||'”, “saw.dll?Go&path=%2Fshared%2FPOC%2FEvent_Description&Action=extract&p0=1&p1=eq&p2=%22D_EVENTS_DXP%22.%22EVENT_ID%22&p3=’ || TRIM(CAST(“D_EVENTS_DXP”.”EVENT_ID” AS CHAR(10))) || ‘”, {ajax: true, skin:”blue”, hook: “topright”, border: { size:1}, afterUpdate: function() {} } ); }); &lt;/script&gt;’

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And mark HTML in Data format:

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So here is the explanation of doing this:

‘showme’ is just a div placeholder.

Event ID is the value that I want to pass to GO URL detail report which will show content on hover as popup/tooltip

Event Name is where I want my mouse hover to be placed

I call JQuery ready function to execute actions once the page is completely loaded

I call Event_Description detail report and user parameter called Extract to show the data immediately while passing EVENT_ID as another parameter. A very common mistake here is CASTING and TRIM . I found that your number(EVENT_ID value) doesn’t work well with character (EVENT_NAME value) so I had to user CAST and TRIM . If you don’t do that your popup will NOT work (at least it my case) . This is different than what is other blogger already wrote.

Next is AJAX call for changing the skin (the background color what you want). In my case its blue.

So that’s it .  Sweet and simple and easy . This solution should work in OBIEE 12c as well. Be very careful when you want to implement it as this can cause huge DB performance impact if you hover a lot across table grid.

Feel free to leave me message if I can help.




Pivot table – Conditional Coloring and Tooltips

Once I was working for a giant UK based client where we had a requirement to replace the existing .Net system . As everybody know that OBIEE is not a programming language rather a tool and there must have certain limitations as this could not be customized like a language .This is pretty hard to make a realization to them as they mostly focus on business needs rather thinking from technical perspective . Which is true indeed ! So sometime we say this is not possible very upfront and outright and sometime we need to further dig down on any alternative solution or workarounds . Sometime it is successful and sometime not . So this is all about the background of this thread and how myself succeed to help there business achievement .

The requirement was something like there would be multiple measure which need to be displayed against dimensions in pivot table . “Measure 1”  is a target achievement measure which need to be shown either Green or Red status based on target value set (target value is not hard-coded and its dynamic and driven by a backend threshold value ). For other measures at the end month there might be some order which is confirmed , some unconfirmed and some yet to be build . Now once user hover mouse to the colored cell (of those status represented in Legend) it should show the information in tooltips .A valid information in this scenario could be specifying  the dynamically changed date time window and mention the type of the period i.e building , confirmed or unconfirmed .

Lets have a look on the pivot report :

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Nice huh ?? I have actually googling around to get a readymade solution and unfortunately it doesn’t help . Finally after building this I even get surprised about nothing is technically impossible !

Nows lets see the how the measure and its status entirely driven dynamically in RPD  .Only change done in webcat is treating the data format as HTML .

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However you can put same calculation in Catalog itself in column formula to achieve this . But for this let BI server understand that you want “Server Complex Aggregate” to represent the conditional column measure .

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The commentary is another interesting stuff where based on status of each month order Admin user want to add/update there comments which navigated to a target where Writeback has been implemented . Commentary code is like below :


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