Standard Logi Application Files
You'll find these standard files in an application root folder; do not remove, rename, or alter them:
- rdChart.aspx - Builds and displays charts
- rdPage.aspx - Displays report definitions
- rdProcess.aspx - Processes tasks contained in process definitions
- rdErrorLog - Error logs (only present if Error Logging has been turned on)
- rdDebug.aspx - Generates and displays debug output (made obsolete in v10.0.259+).
Each Logi application also includes several standard files that you can customize, described below:
The default web page registered with the web server is Default.aspx:
<%@ Page Language="vb" %>
Dim sQueryText as String
If Request.RawUrl.indexof("?") <> -1 Then
sQueryText = Request.RawUrl.substring(Request.RawUrl.indexof("?"))
Response.Redirect("rdPage.aspx" & sQueryText)
The code above redirects users to rdPage.aspx; the main web page for displaying report definitions. You can replace the contents of Default.aspx with your own HTML. Any query string parameters submitted with the URL are also passed to rdPage.aspx. For example, the following links take viewers to the same location:
You can create your own Global.asax files for integrated Logi applications.
Sub Application_Start(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim rdMaint As New rdMaint.Maintenance()
Sub Session_Start(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
Dim rdServer As New rdServer.rdSession()
The Application_Start and Session_Start event handlers are customizable but must be present and, at a minimum, contain the code shown above.
However, you can completely customize the rdLogon.aspx page and even rename the file. The following HTML tags for the login form are required to be present:
- <form id=frmLogon action='<%=Session("rdLogonReturnUrl") %>' method=post>
- <input id="rdUsername" type="text" size="20" name="rdUsername">
- <input id="rdFormLogon" type="hidden" name="rdFormLogon" value="True">
- <input id="rdPassword" type="password" size="20" name="rdPassword">
- <%=Session("rdLogonFailMessage") %>
- Open the _Settings definition to view its elements, as shown above.
- Select the Security element.
- Select the Logon Page attribute and enter the filename of your custom login page.
The Web.config file contains many useful settings for the entire Logi application. However, the Web.config file for a Logi application is not the standard version found in most ASP.NET applications and replacing it with a standard file will produce unpredictable results. Therefore, integrating a Logi application with another ASP.NET application has to be done in such a way that their Web.config files do not interact with or supercede each other. Generally speaking, we do not recommend that such an integration be accomplished by physically merging the application files and folders.
Having said that, the Web.config file is an XML file that you can modify to customize authentication, impersonation, globalization, session-state settings, error messages, and more. For Logi .NET applications, many configuration settings made in IIS Manager are written directly into Web.config, and any customized settings in Web.config always override similar settings in IIS Manager. More information about the Web.config file is available at this Microsoft web page.
In Logi Info, elements are combined in definitions to build web-based applications. One report definition is equivalent to one dynamic web page. Every Logi application contains at least one report definition and can include multiple definitions as the application grows.
The example above shows Logi Studio's Application Panel and the seven major types of definition files found in Logi applications, which are described below:
(Required) The one The _Settings Definition in every Logi application contains global configuration values for the entire application. It contains elements that define the application's virtual path, debugging capabilities, database connections, security information, and more.
Contains report definitions built with elements that define a dynamic web pages. A report definition typically contains report header and footer elements and a body element. The main body of the report can include any combination of text, charts, Dashboards, Data Tables, user input controls, etc. In the file system, this folder is <appRoot>/_Definitions/_Reports
Contains report definitions that are used exclusively to deliver content to mobile devices, built with a combination of common and special-purpose elements. In the file system, this folder is <appRoot>/_Definitions/_MobileReports
Contains definitions for a special class of Logi reports that can be independently embedded into external HTML pages. In the file system, this folder is <appRoot>/_Definitions/_Widgets
Contains definitions that allow you to take advantage of forms-based reporting, using Word, Excel, and PDF forms. Template definitions model the "fill-able" form fields contained within the source template file. In the file system, this folder is <appRoot>/_Definitions/_Templates
Contains definitions that provide a level of automation and contain the logic needed to perform specific tasks within an application. Process tasks can be used to perform scheduled operations, such as exporting a report to PDF format or then emailing it to a group of recipients. In the file system, this folder is <appRoot>/_Definitions/_Processes
Contains definitions that retrieve data and provide it as a JSON stream, for use by a variety of consumers, including non-Logi applications. In the file system, this folder is <appRoot>/_Definitions/_Data
From XML to HTML...
Every definition file created with Logi Studio is an XML document, which describes multiple objects we call elements and their attributes. Elements encapsulate different types of functionality and presentation; attributes enable you to customize element properties and behavior. For example, a DataLayer element retrieves data from a data source and a Chart.Pie element creates a pie chart from the data. The Chart.Pie element contains attributes to specify the height, width, color, border, and more.
Here's an example of a simple report that illustrates elements work:
The image above left shows an example report definition, named "newReport", in Logi Studio. The report contains Style and Body elements. The Body element has a "child" element beneath it: a Label element, which has a Caption attribute.
The middle image shows the underlying XML source code for this collection of elements, as seen in Logi Studio's Source tab. You can edit this source code directly but we don't recommend it.
The Logi Server Engine processes the XML source code, generating the HTML needed to present the page in Studio's Preview tab, which is shown in the right image.