In general the report is a .NET object or serialized in XML format definition is processed on the server machine. What and when happens is described in the Report Life Cycle
To connect to data you can use any of the dedicated data source components
, beneath which we use standard .NET approaches to retrieve data from models, custom business object, databases and etc. The Standalone Designer can be extended to use all of the available data source components as described in the Extending Report Designer
and related articles. Thus you can use existing database, XML files, oData feeds
Let us know if you have any further questions.
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