Selecting a Data Retrieval Session Viewer
Updated: May 20, 2016
After you configure a Data Retrieval Session with the files that contain the data you are targeting to load into Message Analyzer, you can choose a viewer in which to display the session results data. You can choose any data viewer that exists in the Start With drop-down in the New Session dialog for a Data Retrieval Session, including data viewer assets that you import through the Message Analyzer sharing infrastructure. For a list of the data viewers that Message Analyzer provides by default, see the topic Selecting a Live Trace Session Data Viewer.
You can start loading data into Message Analyzer through a Data Retrieval Session any time after you create a selected input file configuration in the files list on the Files tab of the New Session dialog. Unless you specify otherwise, Message Analyzer will use the default data viewer to display your data, which is typically the Analysis Grid viewer. However, you can change the default data viewer setting that will be used by Message Analyzer for all sessions by specifying a viewer in the Session Viewer section on the General tab of the global Options page that is accessible from the Message Analyzer Tools menu. Moreover, you also have the option to override the default data viewer prior to starting a session, by explicitly specifying a different one that might have certain properties that are more useful for the data you are loading and/or the type of analysis you are planning to do. You can do this by clicking the Start With drop-down arrow in the New Session dialog and then selecting the data viewer of choice. In addition, following the retrieval of data that displays in your initially selected viewer, you can present your data in any of the other available viewers by selecting them from a context menu that is accessible by right-clicking any session node in the Session Explorer Tool Window. You can also access the same viewer asset Library by clicking the New Viewer drop-down list on the Message Analyzer global toolbar. By selecting different data viewer configurations, you can achieve unique data analysis perspectives to assist in problem solving.
If you make changes to a Data Retrieval Session from the Edit Session dialog, Message Analyzer will automatically repopulate your original session viewer with data that is updated in accordance with the changes made, after you click the Apply button in the dialog. However, the Edit Session dialog does not currently allow you to make data viewer changes. In addition, if the changes you want to make to an existing session are beyond simply targeting more input files, you will need to click the Full Edit button in the dialog to gain access to additional configuration features. Otherwise, the Restricted Edit mode prevents such access.
To learn more about the data viewers that are available in Message Analyzer, along with the Tool Windows with which they interact, see the Data Viewers section of this Operating Guide.
To view a summary list of data viewers and the categories in which they appear, see the topic Selecting a Live Trace Session Data Viewer.