How to Create Reports with Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3 is a powerful and versatile reporting tool that allows you to create, print, and export complex reports, dashboards, and forms for various platforms and technologies. Whether you need to create reports for WinForms, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Silverlight, WPF, WinRT, or HTML5, Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3 has you covered.
In this article, we will show you how to create a simple report using Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3 and its built-in report designer. You will learn how to connect data sources, design report layout, add interactive features, and preview and export the report.
Step 1: Create a New Report
To create a new report, launch the Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3 report designer and click on the New button on the toolbar. You will see a dialog box where you can choose the type of report you want to create. For this example, we will choose the Standard Report option.
A standard report consists of a report page with bands that define different sections of the report, such as page header, page footer, data header, data footer, group header, group footer, and detail. You can add various report components to these bands, such as text, images, charts, tables, cross-tabs, barcodes, etc.
Step 2: Connect Data Sources
Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3 supports many types of data sources, such as databases, XML files, JSON files, Excel files, OData protocol, etc. You can also embed data directly into the report template as resources or use virtual data sources that allow you to transform and manipulate data before using it in the report.
To connect a data source to your report, click on the Data button on the toolbar and select the Data Source option from the drop-down menu. You will see a dialog box where you can add new data sources or edit existing ones. For this example, we will use a sample database called Demo that comes with Stimulsoft Reports.Ultimate 2012.3.
Click on the Add button and select Database from the list of data source types. You will see another dialog box where you can specify the connection string and select the tables and fields you want to use in your report. For this example, we will use the Customers table from the Demo database.
After selecting the table and fields, click on OK to add the data source to your report. You will see it listed in the Data Sources panel on the left side of the report designer.
Step 3: Design Report Layout
Now that you have connected a data source to your report, you can start designing the report layout by adding report components to the bands. To add a report component, drag it from the Components panel on the right side of the report designer and drop it on the desired band.
For this example, we will add a text component to the page header band and set its text property to \"Customer List\". We will also change its font size and alignment properties to make it look like a title.
Next, we will add a table component to the detail band and bind it to our data source. To do this, right-click on the table component and select Edit Columns from the context menu. You will see a dialog box where you can add or remove columns from the table and set their properties.
For this example, we will add four columns: CustomerID, CompanyName,
and set their width
and header text
We will also bind each column
to a corresponding field
from our data source
by setting their data column name
After editing the columns,
click on OK
to apply the changes.
You will see that
the table component
is populated with data
from our data source.
Step 4: Add Interactive Features
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