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How to implement the ReportsController in an application

The Telerik Reporting REST Web API service is represented by the abstract ReportsControllerBase class. This abstract class requires IReportSourceResolver and IStorage implementations. In order to add the reports controller to your application follow the steps:

  1. Add references to the following Telerik Reporting assemblies (required) and set their Copy Local properties to true in Visual Studio:

    • Telerik.Reporting

    • Telerik.Reporting.Services.WebApi (located in the installation Bin folder)

    Without setting Telerik Reporting references' Copy Local to true the assemblies may not be loaded correctly on running the application.

  2. Add references to the following Telerik Reporting assemblies (optional) and set their Copy Local properties to true in Visual Studio:

    • Telerik.Reporting.Cache.Database.dll - only if DatabaseStorage caching mechanism is intended. For more details check Reporting REST Service Storage. The assembly has dependencies on Telerik Data Access which can be checked in the version corresponding Upgrade article;

    • Telerik.Reporting.OpenXmlRendering - depends on Third-Party Dependencies. Required if you need to export in OpenXML formats (DOCX, PPTX, XLSX);

    • Telerik.Reporting.XpsRendering - required if you need to export in XPS format;

    • Telerik.Reporting.Adomd.dll - required if you use CubeDataSource components in reports. The assembly has dependencies on Microsoft.AnalysisServices.AdomdClient.dll v. or above with proper binding redirects;

    Without setting Telerik Reporting references' Copy Local to true the assemblies may not be loaded correctly on running the application.

  3. Inherit this base class in your hosting application (usually in the Controllers folder of a MVC application). ReportsControllerBase configuration in code:

    using System.Web;
    using Telerik.Reporting.Services;
    using Telerik.Reporting.Services.WebApi;

    public class ReportsController : ReportsControllerBase { static readonly ReportServiceConfiguration configurationInstance = new ReportServiceConfiguration { HostAppId = "Application1", ReportSourceResolver = new UriReportSourceResolver(HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath("~/Reports")) .AddFallbackResolver(new TypeReportSourceResolver()), Storage = new Telerik.Reporting.Cache.File.FileStorage(), };

    public ReportsController()
        this.ReportServiceConfiguration = configurationInstance;
    #region SendMailMessage_Implementation
    protected override HttpStatusCode SendMailMessage(MailMessage mailMessage)
        using (var smtpClient = new SmtpClient("", 25))
            smtpClient.DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network;
            smtpClient.EnableSsl = true;
        return HttpStatusCode.OK;

    Imports System.Web
    Imports Telerik.Reporting.Cache.Interfaces
    Imports Telerik.Reporting.Services
    Imports Telerik.Reporting.Services.WebApi
    Imports System.Net
    Imports System.Net.Mail

    Public Class ReportsController Inherits ReportsControllerBase

    Shared ReadOnly configurationInstance As ReportServiceConfiguration
    Shared Sub New()
        Dim resolver = New UriReportSourceResolver(HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath("~/Reports")) _
                    .AddFallbackResolver(New TypeReportSourceResolver())
        Dim reportServiceConfiguration As New ReportServiceConfiguration()
        reportServiceConfiguration.HostAppId = "Application1"
        reportServiceConfiguration.ReportSourceResolver = resolver
        reportServiceConfiguration.Storage = New Telerik.Reporting.Cache.File.FileStorage()
        configurationInstance = reportServiceConfiguration
    End Sub
    Public Sub New()
        Me.ReportServiceConfiguration = configurationInstance
    End Sub
    Protected Overrides Function CreateCache() As ICache
        Return Telerik.Reporting.Services.Engine.CacheFactory.CreateFileCache()
    End Function
    '#Region SendMailMessage_Implementation
    Protected Overrides Function SendMailMessage(ByVal mailMessage As MailMessage) As HttpStatusCode
        Using smtpClient = New SmtpClient("", 25)
            smtpClient.DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network
            smtpClient.EnableSsl = True
        End Using
        Return HttpStatusCode.OK
    End Function

    ReportsControllerBase inherits System.Web.Http.ApiController and implements all necessary API actions. The provided sample implementation will resolve.trdx|.trdp report definitions from the Reports subfolder of the hosting ASP.NET application root. Other option is to reference a reports library and provide report type assembly qualified name from the service clients.

    Do not forget to add all necessary (i.e., referred from the report definitions) connection strings to the application configuration file.

    The above implementation uses the FileStorage method in order to create a storage object instance. All Visual Studio item templates for adding the Reporting REST service use the default FileStorage constructor. The second overload of the FileStorage constructor allows you to specify a folder, and it is recommended for usage in production environment.
    ReportsControllerBase configuration in configuration file:

    public class ReportsController : ReportsControllerBase
        static Telerik.Reporting.Services.ConfigSectionReportServiceConfiguration configSectionConfigurationInstance =
            new Telerik.Reporting.Services.ConfigSectionReportServiceConfiguration();
    public ReportsController()
        this.ReportServiceConfiguration = configSectionConfigurationInstance;


    Public Class ReportsController
        Inherits ReportsControllerBase
    Shared configSectionConfigurationInstance As New Telerik.Reporting.Services.ConfigSectionReportServiceConfiguration()
    Public Sub New()
        Me.ReportServiceConfiguration = configSectionConfigurationInstance
    End Sub

    End Class

    • Then add the restReportService configuration element containing the service settings to the Telerik Reporting Configuration Section.

      <restReportService hostAppId="Application1" reportSharingTimeout="10" clientSessionTimeout="10">
        <reportResolver provider="type" />
        <storage provider="file" />

      For more information see restReportService Element.

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