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Enhance App with Data Visualization Capabilities
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Enhance App with Data Visualization Capabilities


Use the data visualization capabilities to display bar charts in your app.

You will learn

  • About the data visualization capabilities of the SDK

For brevity, static data is used, but this can easily be changed to OData entities, like you did with the implementation of the timeline cell in the previous steps.

Step 1: Data visualization example

In the Project navigator, navigate to the MyDeliveries/ViewControllers/PackagesType folder. Right-click this folder, and from the context menu, select New File…

In the dialog, select Cocoa Touch Class:

New View Controller subclass

Click Next.

First, set the Subclass to UIViewController.

Then, change the Class to ChartViewController.

New View Controller subclass

Click Next to continue. Check that the file is saved in the PackagesType group, and click Create to create the class. The new file will open now.

In order to show the SDK’s data visualizations, it should subclass FUIChartFloorplanViewController.

First add the necessary import statements:

import SAPFoundation
import SAPFiori
import SAPCommon

You can remove the import UIKit import because the SAPFiori Framework has the UIKit in it’s body.

Then change the signature of the class so it now extends from FUIChartFloorplanViewController:

class ChartViewController: FUIChartFloorplanViewController {

Now you have the scaffolding for the data visualizations class. We’ll leave it for now, the actual implementation will be finalized in a later step.

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Step 2: Add view controller to storyboard

Open the PackagesType.storyboard file, and click the Object Library button in the right area of the toolbar. Drag a View Controller onto the storyboard.

Create View Controller

Select the new View Controller and go to the Attributes Inspector. Set the Title to Chart View:

Create View Controller

Now switch to the Identity Inspector, enter ChartViewController for the Custom Class, and press Return. Be sure to get the spelling right; if it’s correct, you’ll see the Module change to MyDeliveries (the name of your project):

Create View Controller

Drag a Table View Cell onto the Detail Table View, and set the following properties in the attribute inspector:

Field Value
Identifier NavToShowChart
Accessory Disclosure Indicator
Create Table View Cell

Control-click the just added Table View Cell and drag it onto the Chart View Scene. From the Segue pop-up, choose Show.

With the segue selected, go to the attributes inspector and provide the name showChart as its Identifier.

Create Segue
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Step 3: Implement Table View Cell for Chart

Open file ./MyDeliveries/ViewControllers/PackagesType/PackagesTypeDetailViewController.swift.

Locate the function tableView(_: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection _: Int). Currently it returns 5 rows, the total number of properties the Package entity has. However, since you added an extra Table View Cell to navigate to the Chart View scene, you want to make this extra cell visible.

Set the return value to 6:

override func tableView(_: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection _: Int) -> Int {
  return 6

Next, locate the function tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAt indexPath: IndexPath).

To display the added Table View Cell, add an extra case statement, just above the default: switch:

case 5:
  let navigationLink = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: "NavToShowChart", for: indexPath) as UITableViewCell
  navigationLink.textLabel?.text = "Show Waiting Time..."
  navigationLink.textLabel?.textColor = UIColor.preferredFioriColor(forStyle: .primary1)

  return navigationLink
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Step 4: Implement chart view controller

In the Project navigator, navigate to the MyDeliveries/ViewControllers/PackagesType folder and open the ChartViewController.swift file you have created in step 18.

Replace the viewDidLoad function with the following:

override func viewDidLoad() {

  title = "Waiting Time"
  chartView.chartType = .bar

  // chartView.numberOfGridlines = 4

  chartView.dataSource = self
  summaryView.dataSource = self

  titleText.text = "Duration"
  status.text = "Click chart for details"
  categoryAxisTitle.text = "Location"
  valuesAxisTitle.text = "Waiting time in hours"

This sets the default settings for the chart, in this case, a bar chart.

A couple of errors are now shown. That is because the chart’s data source is not yet implemented.

At the bottom of the file, add the following two extensions:

extension ChartViewController: FUIChartSummaryDataSource {
  func chartView(_ chartView: FUIChartView, summaryItemForCategory categoryIndex: Int) -> FUIChartSummaryItem? {
    let item = FUIChartSummaryItem()
    item.categoryIndex = categoryIndex
    item.isPreservingTrendHeight = false
    switch categoryIndex {
      case -1:
        item.isEnabled = false
        let values: [Double] = {
          var values: [Double] = []
          for series in chartView.series {
            let categoriesUpperBound = series.numberOfValues - 1
            if let valuesInSeries = series.valuesInCategoryRange((0...categoriesUpperBound), dimension: 0) {
              values.append(valuesInSeries.compactMap({ $0 }).reduce(0.0, +))
          return values

          let numberFormatter  = NumberFormatter()
          numberFormatter.maximumFractionDigits = 0
          item.valuesText = { "\(numberFormatter.string(from: $0 as NSNumber)!) hours" }
          item.title.text = "Total wait time"

        item.isEnabled = true
        let values: [Double] = {
          var values: [Double] = []
          for series in chartView.series {
            values.append(series.valueForCategory(categoryIndex, dimension: 0)!)
          return values
        item.valuesText = { formattedTitleForDouble($0)! }
        item.title.text = chartCategoryTitles()[categoryIndex]
    return item

extension ChartViewController: FUIChartViewDataSource {
  // MARK: - FUIChartViewDataSource functions

  func numberOfSeries(in: FUIChartView) -> Int {
    return chartData().count

  func chartView(_ chartView: FUIChartView, numberOfValuesInSeries seriesIndex: Int) -> Int {
    return chartData()[seriesIndex].count

  func chartView(_ chartView: FUIChartView, valueForSeries seriesIndex: Int, category categoryIndex: Int, dimension dimensionIndex: Int) -> Double? {
    return chartData()[seriesIndex][categoryIndex]

  func chartView(_ chartView: FUIChartView, formattedStringForValue value: Double, axis: FUIChartAxisId) -> String? {
    return formattedTitleForDouble(value)

  func chartView(_ chartView: FUIChartView, titleForCategory categoryIndex: Int, inSeries seriesIndex: Int) -> String? {
    return chartCategoryTitles()[categoryIndex]

  // MARK: - helper functions for generating & formatting sample data
  func chartSeriesTitles() -> [String] {
    return ["Actual", "Target"]

  func chartCategoryTitles() -> [String] {
    return ["Shipment picked up", "HONG-KONG", "AMSTERDAM", "LONDON-HEATHROW", "READING", "Delivered"]

  func chartData() -> [[Double]] {
    return [[2, 42, 32, 7, 5, 1]]

  func formattedTitleForDouble(_ value: Double) -> String? {
    let numberFormatter = NumberFormatter()
    numberFormatter.maximumFractionDigits = 0
    return numberFormatter.string(from: value as NSNumber)

The first extension is responsible for drawing the chart items.

The chart item at categoryIndex value -1 is the “pinned” or “fixed position” item in the chart’s summary header.
The chart item at the other or default positions are the actual chart items.

The second extension is the DataSource responsible for providing the data to the chart. Here you see the hard-coded values for the category titles and chart data.

If you build and run the application, and tap on one of the Packages entities, you can see the added cell which navigates to the chart:

Chart View

If you tap the Show Waiting Time… cell, you will see the bar chart with the delivery waiting times, and calculated total waiting time (89 hours):

Chart View

If you now tap on one of the bars in the chart, the item’s details are shown in the summary header:

Chart View
What Swift extension did you use to provide data to the Chart?

Next Steps


  • Development environment: Apple iMac, MacBook or MacBook Pro running Xcode 10 or higher
  • SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS: Version 3.0
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