Building Dynamic Reports With ReportViewer Control With Matthew Duffield and Bill Jones Jr., MVP


Join me and the Enterprise Developers Guild on Tuesday, August 25, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro Room at the Charlotte Microsoft Campus for a couple of presentations on building dynamic reports with the ReportViewer controls by our very own Matthew Duffield and Bill Jones Jr., MVP.

Developing for Dollars, our year-long focus on providing you with the skills to create successful applications and connecting you with the right organizations to make money from your work, continues. Reporting is generally a requirement and integral part of every complete application. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) provides open protocols for integrating reporting clients regardless of the targeted programming language and platform. A noticeable missing piece in its integration strategy was a presentation layer to deliver the generated reports to the end users. The Reporting Services Windows Forms and Web Report Viewer controls fill in this gap.

In Matthew’s presentation, he will demonstrate generating .RDL files on the fly as well as rendering them. It will show the power of XML Literals in VB.NET, which unfortunately is not a feature available in C#. You will be able to point to a table and have it generate table level reports automatically using the Report Viewer for Windows Forms. This demo will show how this can be done using WPF.

Report Builder was introduced with SQL Server 2005 and got a nice but slightly out of phase update to Report Builder 2.0 with SQL Server 2008. Bill will give us a quick run through on version 2.0 versus version 1.0, where to get Report Builder 2.0, ways to install it and how to create a quick report. Access may still be the best front end for SQL Server, but Report Builder 2.0 uses a light footprint to generate reports out of a SQL Server 2008 database very nicely.

Matthew Duffield is the owner and Solution Architect of Inlogitech. He currently provides consulting on the following .NET technologies including: Silverlight, WPF, ASP.NET, Compact Framework, WCF, Reporting, Data Mining, Data Warehousing.

As a Solutions Architect for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Bill Jones Jr. specializes in software development using .NET, VB.Net, ASP.NET, C#, Windows Mobile, SQL CE and SQL Server. He is well versed in all phases of the development life cycle – process, work flow, class abstraction, data structures, reporting and user interfaces. In his spare time, Bill founded and continues to lead the Enterprise Developers Guild, the .Net User Group in Charlotte, NC with more than 1700 members. He is also the INETA Membership Mentor for the two Carolinas. Bill is currently in the deployment phase of a major mobility application.

The meeting is sponsored by Signature Consultants.

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