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Why Bother With SSRS?

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 10-May-2008 22:38

One really interesting question I got during my presentation this week, to which I felt I didn't give a particularly well-rounded response, was "Why bother using SQL Server Reporting Services at all?"  The question was asked seriously in the context that I had just demoed how to create a really simple table report, which could more easily have been done on a page with a GridView.

Now that I've had time to think about it, there are 3 really good reasons:
  • If all you want is a simple table report, the questioner is absolutely correct: do it in a GridView.  However, if you want Excel-like charts, then SSRS is the easiest way forward.
  • Also, SSRS lets you easily create form-letters (with page breaks, headers and footers in the correct places).  You can't guarantee what a web page will output like.
  • And finally, SSRS lets you output to PDF.


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Comment by Sky Sigal, on 27-May-2008 18:29

Thanks for adding this -- its would be a compelling argument in many cases...

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Also, SSRS lets you easily create form-letters (with page breaks, headers and footers in the correct places). You can't guarantee what a web page will output like.

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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".