Designing and Creating Reports
Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Reporting Services stores report definitions in the report server database. These report definitions are created using Report Definition Language (RDL), an XML format that describes each element in a report, including the data model, format, and expressions.
Reporting Services includes Report Designer, a tool for creating and publishing report definitions. Report Designer resides in the Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET shell and provides access to all report definition features. Developers can also create custom tools for creating, publishing, and managing reports. For more information, see Reporting Services Programming.
You do not have to know RDL or how Reporting Services stores reports and resources in order to use Report Designer to create and publish reports.
The following table describes the topics in this section.
|Report Design Basics||Provides conceptual information about the elements and properties of a report.|
|Building Reports||Describes how to use Report Designer to create and publish reports.|
|Design Considerations for Rendering||Discusses special considerations for specific output formats.|