Standalone Designer Launches Instead Of VS Extension

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  1. Ben
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    5 posts
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    May 2016

    Posted 18 Jul 2016 Link to this post

    I'm running Visual Studio 2013. When I click on a trdp file it launches in the standalone editor, not the VS extension.
    This makes is difficult as I cannot define my connectionString properly. I cannot have the connection string embedded within the report template as I as multiple environments.

    I have uninstalled/reinstalled and repaired. Nothing makes a difference. I have had VS closed during the installation and restarted.


  2. Stef
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    3610 posts

    Posted 21 Jul 2016 Link to this post

    Hi Ben,

    TRDP and TRDX files are produced by the Standalone Report Designer tool, and only the Standalone Designer can load them for editing via GUI. In Visual Studio you can open TRDX files as pure XML.

    If you are using SqlDataSource in the report, you can save the connection string by name - 2. Data connection options. Then the reporting engine will get the connection by name from the application's config file via ConfigurationManager.

    If you prefer to change the connection string at run-time, you can use the approach illustrated in Changing the connection string dynamically according to runtime data.

    I hope this helps.

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