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Wednesday, June 18, 2003 :::
SQL Server Reporting Services:::  

Back to the things that impressed me about SQL Server Reporting Services. (The designer part for now)

  • The report designer is integrated into VS.NET and acts like any other design surface
  • Creating a cross-tab is real easy as they have a type called the Matrix built into the system
  • A single report can have multiple DataSets and DataSources
  • Support for DrillDown reports
  • A TOC like feature called a Document Map
  • Best of all, most of the above features and other features like changing formatting based on dynamic conditions can be done without any code
  • If you have report rows, where a particular column repeats, setting a property on the column, will allow you to hide duplicates. This is a real cool feature as this gives a kind of clean looking grouped report with no extra effort.
  • The report definition is stored as an XML file. MS calls this format Report Definition Language or RDL. They are gonna publish the schema for this and anyone can implement a designer or your app can dynamically generate the report
  • The reports are avbl as web services and your apps can call those web services to generate the report. Abt this in a seperate post

This goes into public beta in August and RTM by the end of the year. I can't wait to get my hands onto the beta. If someone from MS reads this, do get my name into the pre-public beta if you can...:-)

::: posted by Anand at 8:29 PM

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