Reporting solutions can supply powerful functionality for your reports. Here's a tip on how to use one to create a report once and present it anywhere.
In this blog post, I'd like to talk about one of the key benefits of using a reporting solution for reports. This is the flexibility of authoring reports just once, and then presenting them in a variety of application frameworks and document formats.
In the core of our report engine is the declarative definition paradigm. Most programming languages define what something is and how to do something. The report definition describes what the output will look like and where the source data is coming from. This leaves the application free to decide how to generate the defined look and feel, regardless of the programming language or underlying architecture. The benefit is easy coding free option to create impressive reports with a data-driven report layout.
In order for the declarative model to work, a mature designer is needed. We do have not one, but two options:
Once the report definitions are ready, the reporting engine combines it with the provided data and cuts the generated items into pages, which then outputs it in the target document format. This can be any of the popular document formats: PDF, HTML, Excel, Word, RTF, XPS, PowerPoint, TTF, CSV, EMF and various image formats.
The rendered document is presented in a document viewer or in one of the available dedicated report viewer widgets. Telerik Reporting provides a variety of report viewers for popular application frameworks like HTML5, Angular, MVC, WPF, WinForms, Web Forms and even for good old Silverlight.
The benefit of using a native report viewer is to embed reports in the application and take advantage of awesome interactivity features like filtering with parameters, data drill-down, sorting, navigation within the report or to other reports or external URLs. All of this awesomeness comes out of the box and only needs a simple setup while authoring the report definition.
Based on the application technology used, we have different options for hosting the reporting engine. The engine is built with the .NET framework, so in case of the web technologies and non-.NET application frameworks, it's hosted on a service or directly used through the Telerik Report Server. The following options are available:
This concludes our short journey into the wonders of reporting solutions. Reporting solutions provide quick ways to make data visualizations from various data sources for previewing, printing, sharing and archiving. They can be a powerful ally when reports are needed.
Telerik Reporting is an embedded reporting solution that can be easily embedded in your application. For more information see http://www.telerik.com/reporting.
Managing a vast collection of reports may be challenging and therefore we have introduced the Telerik Report Server solution to efficiently store, create and analyse reports in a single server-side repository. Telerik Report Server leverages the feature-rich Telerik Reporting engine and supports all must-have report server features like scheduling, data alerts, versioning, report caching, authentication with AD FS support, ready to use report server web portal with enabled white labeling and complete REST API for integration with your desktop and web applications. For more information on the report server solution see: http://www.telerik.com/report-server
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Petar Raykov is a Software Developer in the Telerik Reporting division. He has been working on Telerik products since 2010. Off work he enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and reading.