Report Design Basics

Report design is usually a two-part process that consists of defining data and arranging items on a page. With SQL Server Reporting Services, data definition involves specifying a data source and identifying the data to use in the report. You can then use data regions such as tables, matrixes, lists, and charts to display the data on the report and add other report items, such as graphic elements and images, to the report layout. All report items have properties that determine how the items appear on the report. You can also add functionality that allows users to interact with a rendered report.

Ways to Create a Report

Describes the tools and approaches available for creating reports.

Working with Data in Reporting Services

Discusses data sources, datasets, and fields.

Data Sources Supported by Reporting Services

Discusses data processing extensions that can retrieve data for a report.

Understanding Report Layout and Rendering

Discusses arrangement of report items, pagination, and rendering.

Working with Report Items

Defines report items that can be used in a report: text box, image, line, rectangle, subreport, and data regions.

Understanding Data Regions

Defines the four types of data regions: table, matrix, list, and chart.

Providing User Interaction in Reports

Discusses parameters, links, visibility, and the document map.

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