Collections enable you to filter queries using values that have recently been recorded in another query. By way of example, a collection is like a filter that is used to display the events in query B that contain values that have recently appeared in query A.
Note that this feature is only enabled in certain domains by default. If you need to use it and is not enabled in your domain, contact the Devo support team.
Creating a collection
When you create a collection, you are creating a list of values that have appeared in a given table over a recent period of time. You will later use that list to filter the events in a different table. The list that the collection contains is dynamic - as the time period that you specify is "rolling", the collection will continually update itself so it includes only the values found recently.
Go to Data Search and open the query whose values you want the collector to monitor. In our example, query A.
- From the query toolbar, select Additional Tools → Table Operations → New Collection. The Add New Collection window appears.
- Click and drag the columns of the table whose values you want to feed the collection to the Columns box. You can choose one or several columns.
- Enter a Name and Description for the collection. We recommend that you list the columns that you've selected in the description.
- Finally, define the Expiration as the rolling time period to monitor the values of the columns selected. Click Save.
To manage collections, you need to go to Administration → Data Management and select the Subquery Collections tab. Here you will find a list of the collections processes and some of their details. If you want to know more about how to manage them, go to the Subquery collections section.
Using a collection to filter a table's events
The active collections are available in the query window as new filter operations.
- Go to Data Search and open the query whose values you want to filter using the collection. This would be query B in our example.
- From the toolbar, select Filter. In the Filter Data tab, use the Operation drop-down list and search for the collector you want to apply.
- The arguments required for a collector operation correspond to the columns specified in the collector. So, if the collector is only monitoring the values in one column, there will only be one argument required. In the example below, there are two arguments required. The argument values are the column names in the current query.
Click Filter Data. The current query is filtered to show only those events where values in one of the argument fields matches a corresponding value found in the collector.
Click the Negated button if you want to exclude, or filter out, the values that are found in the collector.