Telerik Reporting and Telerik Report Server provide out of the box components to connect your reports to various data-providing sources (more than 15). They can be set up in design time using dedicated DataSource Wizards that will guide you through the component setup. This makes the configuration process very intuitive with little to no programming involved.
Some of our DataSource components are dedicated to specific platforms. They are described briefly at the end of the blog post.
Our SqlDataSource component enables connections with Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, OLE DB or ODBC databases. You only need to provide a connection string and define the SQL statement or the Stored Procedure to retrieve the data. The SqlDataSource Wizard features a built-in Query Designer that further improves the user experience.
The SqlDataSource also supports parameterized SQL queries. The parameters in its Parameters collection are associated with placeholders in the SelectCommand query and can be evaluated with any valid Expression.
To further facilitate the database connection, Telerik Reporting is coming with a bundle of Progress DataDirect ODBC drivers that can connect your reports to some of the major databases.
The ObjectDataSource component provides a way to bind the report Data Items to a business object or other class (middle tier in a multi-tier architecture) without extra code. With ObjectDataSource, the data is provided to the report by executing custom code, which gives the flexibility to use virtually any data source that is accessible in the .NET environment.
The security is assured by letting the ObjectDataSource resolve only types that are declared either in the current report's assembly or in the application configuration file.
The WebServiceDataSource component provides the means to automatically connect to a Web Service to fetch JSON formatted data for the report. Connection, authentication and JSON parsing are automated. The New WebService Data Source in Telerik Reporting and Report Server blog post provides a comprehensive example on utilizing the data source component in a Telerik report.
CsvDataSource component links to data located in a Comma Separated Values (CSV) document, including files (*.csv, *.tsv, *.txt, etc.), inline string or stream. It is extremely useful for test purposes as the data can be embedded inside the report definition.
We provide you with the means to seamlessly integrate Telerik Reporting with applications or websites that utilize popular frameworks, platforms or services:
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Todor Arabadzhiev is a Technical Support Engineer in the Telerik Reporting division. His main interests, outside software engineering, include bio sciences, cycling and camping.