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Making Use of RDL

Posted in Reporting Services | SharePoint at Thursday, March 04, 2004 8:42 AM Pacific Standard Time

If you're using Reporting Services then you should probably get familiar with RDL. RDL is what drives reports in RS. The cool thing is that once you start to dig into it you realize that it is actually fairly simple. When I first looked at RDL it seemed like information overload. However, as I've been working with it I've started to like it.

One of the things I'm currently working on is a SharePoint web part that will allow the user to “play” with the data. I'm currently use the RDL to get me the data. This is being done by deserializing the RDL into objects which I can then use to create things like connections, commands, and datasets (not RDL datasets but System.Data.DataSets). I've been surprised at how well it is all working so far.

Now that I've gotten comfortable with RDL, it seems like it would be fairly easy to write your own RDL generator. Now that would be a cool SharePoint Web Part...

Friday, September 10, 2004 1:12:00 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Would it be easy to convert a Crystal Report RPT extracted XML file to RDL?
Rohit Nichani
Monday, November 22, 2004 2:22:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Now you can create your Reports Programmatically using the RDL Writer Component specially designed for SQL Reporting Services
<br>Generate the XML-RDL (Report Definition Language) file on the fly, programmatically in any .NET application with 100% managed code, with out any knowlegment of the RDL/XML format.
<br>Good Luck
Monday, November 22, 2004 2:22:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
<a target="_new" href="http://www.rdlcomponents.com">http://www.rdlcomponents.com</a>
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:47:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
RDL components has several major problems.
<br>1. There are no installation instructions.
<br>2. The developer does not respond to forum questions or tech support.
<br>3. This product costs $99.00 which is very buggy to begin with.
<br>4. Microsoft is right on it's heels with a release that will pretty much kill this application anyway, so I probably wouldn't bother at this point.
<br>If you like dealing with issues, then go for it. <grin>
Jerry C.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:18:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

<br>There is a site that claims to convert Crystal templates to RDL files. It's a service, though, not software, and they charge around $25 per report I think. I found them at <a target="_new" href="http://www.rpttosql.com">http://www.rpttosql.com</a>.
Monday, February 05, 2007 3:22:52 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hey! Are you talking about the web part that comes with the "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies". Or you have created your own one.


Manojit Paul
Onirban Orion Technologies
Manojit Paul
Thursday, February 15, 2007 1:57:26 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
take a look to the RDL Writer Component site.
I am notable to find any reference to the control itself.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:24:22 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

Hi. I run the website RptToRdl.Com (we used to be known as RptToSQL.Com), a service that converts reports from Crystal Reports into Reporting Services. At this time, we only charge $25 per report. We are a recommended ISV from Microsoft now for converting your RPT templates into RDLs.

Saturday, September 27, 2008 7:27:47 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
are you able to go the opposite way as well? .rdl to .rpt?
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