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Quickstart Overview

This article discusses basic steps for creating a report and showing it in a viewer.

Creating Reports

To create a report, create a report definition file by using the existing Report Designers. The report definition can include a variety of report items and datasource components. For more information check the Designing Reports articles.

We provide two Overview options for report authoring. To select the most appropriate option for your project see: Overview article.

Once the report definition is ready and the report looks the way you want, show it in a report viewer for Web (Mobile) or Desktop environment. For more information on the available options to expose your reports see: Using Telerik Reporting in Applications.

To get started with Telerik Reporting continue with the topics in this section.

General Information

When designing a report, always start from an empty Telerik.Reporting.Report object. Report Designers add sections and items on your command, resulting in a template that can be further processed by the Reporting engine. Report Designers provide design-time preview in both Interactive and Print previews, to verify the designed template and how it will look with data.

Report Designers to create reports:

  • In Visual Studio - the result is a class inheriting Telerik.Reporting.Report;

  • Without Visual Studio, through the Standalone Report Designer - the result is a TRDX|TRDP file containing a Telerik.Reporting.Report object serialized in plain|compressed XML;

In case reports are not modified manually, the Visual Studio Report Designers will be able to import reports created in the Standalone Report Designer, and vice versa.

Our recommendation is to create a separate ClassLibrary project (or just use the Report Library project template) to hold your reports designed in Visual Studio, which will ease their maintenance and usage in different projects. The available Visual Studio Project templates and wizard will guide you in the process of creating reports and adding Report Viewers. You can search for them in the Reporting category of VS templates. Report Wizards and dialogs are shared between Report Designers.

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