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Creating a Data Processing Extension Library

SQL Server 2000

Creating a Data Processing Extension Library

Each Reporting Services data processing extension you create should be assigned to a unique namespace and built into a library or assembly file. The exact name of the namespace is not important, but it must be unique and not shared with any other extension. Microsoft uses the namespace Microsoft.ReportingServices.DataProcessing for the data processing extensions that ship with Reporting Services. You should create your own unique namespaces for your company's data processing extensions.

The following example shows the code to begin a Reporting Services data processing extension, which uses the namespaces that contain the data processing interfaces and any utility classes.

Imports System
Imports Microsoft.ReportingServices.DataProcessing
Imports Microsoft.ReportingServices.Interfaces

Namespace CompanyName.ExtensionName
   ...
using System;
using Microsoft.ReportingServices.DataProcessing;
using Microsoft.ReportingServices.Interfaces;

namespace CompanyName.ExtensionName
{
   ...

When compiling a Reporting Services data processing extension, you must supply to the compiler a reference to Microsoft.ReportingServices.Interfaces.dll, because the data processing extension interfaces are contained there. The Microsoft.ReportingServices.DataProcessing namespace is needed to implement the data processing extension interfaces and the Microsoft.ReportingServices.Interfaces namespace is needed to implement the IExtension interface. For example, if all the files containing the code to implement a Reporting Services data processing extension, written in C#, were in a single directory with the extension .cs, the following command would be issued from that directory to compile the files stored in CompanyName.ExtensionName.dll.

csc /t:library /out:CompanyName.ExtensionName.dll *.cs /r:System.dll /r:Microsoft.ReportingServices.Interfaces.dll

The following code example shows the command that would be used for Visual Basic files, with the extension .vb.

vbc /t:library /out:CompanyName.ExtensionName.dll *.vb /r:System.dll /r:Microsoft.ReportingServices.Interfaces.dll

Note  You can also design, develop, and build your delivery extension using Visual Studio. For more information about developing assemblies in Visual Studio, see your Visual Studio .NET 2003 documentation.

See Also

Extending Reporting Services

Implementing a Data Processing Extension

Reporting Services Extension Library

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