The dashboard is used to provide overviews. The dashboard view is composed of dashlets.

<dashboard name="welcome.dashboard" title="Welcome!">
  <dashlet action="chart:chart.sales.per.month"/>
  <dashlet action="chart:chart.sales.per.month.pie"/>
  <dashlet colSpan="12" action="sale.orders"/>

Dashlets are nothing but embedded views. Right now, grid and chart views are supported.

The dashlet action can be either an action view or <view-type>:<view-name> value. Right now, only grid, chart and custom views are supported.