The latest release of Telerik Reporting includes a DataDirect ODBC Drivers bundle, making connecting your reports to databases even simpler.
Feeding data to your reports is a simple task, thanks to the many data sources available out-of-the-box in Telerik Reporting. The most used instance is the SqlDataSource, which can connect to virtually any database, if a valid ADO.NET provider is installed on the machine. In our R1 2018 release we have now gone a step further, adding a valuable feature in terms of data connectivity—now our product ships with a bundle of 30+ ODBC drivers, provided by Progress DataDirect for Telerik Reporting at no additional cost.
DataDirect drivers are well known for their great performance and efficiency, which makes them the perfect choice for data-driven applications that require integration with various databases like MySQL, Oracle, OpenEdge, MSSQL and many more.
Usually the database developing companies provide connectors and data providers for their products, but the installation process is often preceded by registrations, approvals and downloads of huge bundles of software that might not be necessary. We decided to take only the important parts and squeeze it into a neat package, which is downloaded once and reused when needed. Should you connect to the production database or are just testing a quick proof-of-concept solution, the DataDirect ODBC Drivers Installer will help you connect your report to the needed data.
The installed drivers are branded exclusively for Telerik Reporting and are not intended to be used by other software products. Users should simply use the ODBC drivers no differently than they would usually use ODBC drivers—to create a corresponding ODBC DSN and utilize it in the SqlDataSource Wizard.
The bundle can be downloaded as a separate ZIP-archive because of its substantial size. It contains a library file, which holds the drivers for x64 and x86 platforms, and two executables, which are the actual driver installers and come in two flavors—a command-line interface and a simple Windows Forms application. The executable files require administrator permissions, since the drivers might be installed in a directory that requires elevated privileges and registered in Windows Registry.
The single-paged application provides a user-friendly interface that eases the installation/uninstallation process. The current platform (32-bit or 64-bit) is automatically determined, but the user can still change it, choose the exact driver or drivers to be installed, set the target directory and choose if the output log to be written in a file. After clicking the Install button, the application copies and registers the selected drivers, generating a verbose installation log, that can be inspected in-place or copied to clipboard for further examination.
The CLI application provides all the necessary options for installing or uninstalling the drivers and is suitable when executing a script or batch file. For a full list of the available arguments, check the documentation here. A typical set of installation command arguments would look like this:
/mode install /targetpath "C:\Program Files\Progress\Telerik Reporting ODBC Drivers" /platform x86 /drivers "SQLS,ORA" /successToken "OK"
The installers do not create or modify any data source names (DSN) in the ODBC Manager application, and as mentioned above, they should be manually added after installation.
The installers support partial uninstallation—i.e. a single particular driver can be removed from the registry and installation folder. However, if all the drivers are selected for uninstallation, the tool will perform a complete uninstall and remove the whole directory, if there are no other subdirectories in it.
We would love to hear what you think, so feel free to drop us a comment below and share your thoughts. You can also visit our Feedback portal for Reporting and let us know if you have any suggestions or if there are any particular features/controls you would like to see.
Our DataDirect ODBC Drivers Installers are a fast and convenient way to provide database integration to your reports in a matter of minutes. The high performance and rich data source coverage make them a significant contribution to Telerik Reporting. If you would like to learn more, take a look at the new features or try it yourself for free!
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Ivan Hristov has been a software developer in the Telerik Reporting division since 2013.
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