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Ryan
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Ryan asked on 06 May 2013, 01:58 PM
Hi!

We have been using Telerik controls for the past 3 years and have built extensive WPF Controls with RadGrids for our customers to view their data. More and more we are getting asked for the ability to have the reports automatically created and emailed in a PDF format every night to them. We built our own service to do this that exports the Grid to a .XPS file to get the identical look and feel of the screen then use a .XPS to PDF converter to do the final conversion so that we didn't have to recreate all of the controls in another format. The challenge is the service is proving unreliable due to having may different dependencies.

My question is:
  • Is there a quick way to leverage our grid to create a report template?
  • How do I use the reporting tools to create pdf and email on a schedule?
  • Is there an example project that you can share that already does this?

Thanks,
Ryan

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Stef
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answered on 09 May 2013, 02:09 PM
Hi Ryan,

There is no auto-generation of report definitions based on data or grids definitions. You have to build a report definition and then pass the data from your grids to feed the report. The report definition can be exported programatically in PDF format and send with custom code as an attachment to an email. Since the Telerik Reporting is embedded reporting engine you can use Windows Task Scheduler or Windows Service project to perform exporting on schedule.

I hope this points you into the right direction.

Kind regards,
Stef
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Have you tried the new visualization options in Telerik Reporting Q1 2013? You can get them from your account.

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Ryan
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answered on 09 May 2013, 03:23 PM
Thank you for the reply.

At this point I am weighing using SSRS in Azure (since that is where our database is) vs. Telerik Reporting. Do you have any resources that would me compare/contract the 2 technologies side by side from a feature and limitations standpoint?
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answered on 14 May 2013, 05:17 AM
How Can I Attach Rendered Telerik report PDF File to Open the Outlook 2013 in Asp.net Web Application? How is it? Can u Help me?
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Stef
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answered on 14 May 2013, 01:29 PM
Hello,

@Ryan: There is no feature wise comparison to any of our competitors that we can offer, and honestly such comparison would be pretty subjective if it is prepared from us. Although both products - SSRS and Telerik Reporting have one common purpose and look pretty similar they are based on different concepts and have different pros and cons that you should always have in mind when choosing the tool that would best fit your needs. You can review such comparisons that are made from users of both products in community forums such as stackoverflow: check this thread.
You can also check the following blog articles including details and examples how Telerik Reporting works in Azure:

@Senthil: You can search for topics as Sending Email with attachment in ASP.NET and check if the suggested approaches cover your requirements.

Regards,
Stef
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Have you tried the new visualization options in Telerik Reporting Q1 2013? You can get them from your account.

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