Looking for documentation to help understand/ eplain the XML formatted reporting schema (i.e,$metadata) RRS feed


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  • Hello Spiro,

    What documentation are you looking for? Using /$metadata document this does list all of the properties and entity details.


    Paul Mather | Twitter | | CPS | MVP | Downloads

    Monday, January 7, 2019 10:23 PM
  • Hi Paul,

    I know it lists them and I understand them, but I was wondering if there is any documentation whatsoever on this particular page (…/$metadata), including any tips or trick associated to using this page (e.g., is there an easy way to collapse the various branches ( - <EntityType Name="...">), etc.

    I am trying to train a newbie and bring them up to speed, and as such I was hoping that there would be some documentation about this to facilitate my job in training them. 

    You have to admit that at first glance this $metadata XML page is kind of confusing to someone who may becoming across it for the very first time.  For example, if you want to create the call for an entity (i.e., table) <Entity Name="Project"> via an oData call (syntax) you have to put an "s" at the end of e.g., "Project" for it to work; i.e., ".../Projects()".  Logically, you can deduct this if you understand how to cross reference the EntityType to the 2nd half of the XML schema (<EntitySet Name="Projects" EntityType="ReportingData.Project"/>).

    If no documentation exists for this kind of stuff, I am wondering how us people are supposed to pick this stuff up? Ignite?  I don't know about you but it was reverse engineering for me back a few years ago.

    thanks in advance,

    \Spiro Theopoulos, Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Monday, January 7, 2019 11:03 PM
  • Hi Spiro,

    I'm not aware of any documentation unfortunately, just the standard Odata metadata document. You could look at one of the Odata metadata document visualizers such as:

    It seems like the Chrome app referenced in the article is no longer available but I'm sure there are others.


    Paul Mather | Twitter | | CPS | MVP | Downloads

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:01 AM