Getting Started: Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services 2005 (Local Connection)

Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services Getting Started (Local Connection)

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Creating Web application using the build-in report processing.


  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Silverlight v3
  • Silverlight v3 SDK
  • Silverlight v3 Developer Tool
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Reporting Services Sample Reports



The target of the following guide is to demonstrate the basic moments of the use of Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services. It gives minimum necessary knowledge in order to start working with the component. We will examine the process of generation of web application with the use of Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services step by step. We will consider creation and configuration of the service and at last integration of the report viewer component on the application pages.

Creating Web application

Step 1.

Create a new Silverlight Application project named SampleApplication.

While creation of the project select the menu item “Add a new ASP.NET Web project to the solution to host Silverlight” and set name of the web-project to SampleApplication.Server.

Step 2.

Set specific port to 5555 in the “Web” tab of the SampleApplication.Server properties (in the "Solution Explorer", item “Properties” in contextual menu of the SampleApplication.Server).

Next, set SampleApplication.Server project as Startup Project.

Step 3.

Add Perpetuumsoft.Reporting.Silverlight.Server.Core and PerpetuumSoft.Reporting.Silverlight.Server.ReportingServices assemblies to the project references, (in "Solution Explorer", item “Add Reference” in context menu of SampleApplication.Server). These assemblies are located in the Bin folder of the Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services installation folder.

Step 4.

Add WCF service named ReportService.svc to the SampleApplication.Server project.

Inherit a new ReportService class from the MsReportServiceBase class for implementation and opportunity to change standard behavior. In order to make ASP.Net context available for the service, service class needs to be marked by a special AspNetCompatibilityRequirements attribute. The ASP.Net context is required for the service to cache document data, if other mechanism of data storage is not implemented.

// ReportService.svc.cs
using System.ServiceModel.Activation;
using PerpetuumSoft.Reporting.Silverlight.Server.ReportingServices;
namespace SampleApplication.Server
    [AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = 
    public class ReportService : MsReportServiceLocal

Step 5. Now it’s necessary to setup created web-service. Make changes in the web.config file. System.serviceModel section must be as follows:

      <behavior name="webBehavior">
      <behavior name=
        <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/>
        <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="false"/>
  <serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true"/>
          <dns value="localhost"/>
        <binding name="webHttpBindingConf"/>
        <binding name="basicHttpBindingConf"/>

The first endpoint is intended for work with the report, for instance, to get pages. The second endpoint is intended for work with the resources, for instance, to get localization. And, at last, the third endpoint is used to get meta-information about the service.

The Report Service can work over SSL. To do it you need extended service definition in the web.config file. Add some definition into binding element.

<security mode="Transport">
   <transport clientCredentialType="None"/>

NOTE: If you set Security Mode equal to Transport you have to set ServiceUrl of ReportViewer to “https://...”


   <binding name="webHttpBindingConf">
      <security mode="Transport">
         <transport clientCredentialType="None"/>
      <binding name="basicHttpBindingConf">
         <security mode="Transport">
           <transport clientCredentialType="None"/>

Step 6.

Now it’s necessary to set data source and report template. In order to do this you should add named DataSet to project (in "Solution Explorer", item “Add -> New Item” in context menu of SampleApplication.Server). Select “Data” item and then “DataSet” item. Enter NWindDataSet.xsd in the Name field and click “Add”.

Now you need to add TableAdapter to DataSet. In DataSet Designer press “Add -> Table Adapter…”

Firstly, press the “New Connection…” button in TableAdapter Configuration Wizard. Select “Microsoft Access Database File” in the “Choose Data Source” window and click the “Continue” button.

Click the “Browse” button in the “Add Connection” window and select database file: NWIND.MDB. This file is located in the Resources\Data folder of the Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services installation folder. Leave the User name and Password fields empty and click “OK”.

Click “Next” after you completed the creation of a new NWIND.MDB data connection.

Press “Yes” to copy the file to the App_Data folder of the SampleApplication.Server project.

Secondly, select the “Use SQL statements” item in TableAdapter Configuration Wizard and press the “Next” button.

Thirdly, add the following SQL statement to field in TableAdapter Configuration Wizard and click “Finish”.

SELECT     EmployeeID, LastName, FirstName, Address, Photo, Notes

FROM       Employees

Now you need to add a new Report file to the project (in "Solution Explorer", item “Add -> New Item” in context menu of SampleApplication.Server). Select the “Reporting” item and then the “Report” item. Rename the report to "Employees.rdlc".

Now create a report template with Visual Studio 2008 methods and use data from NWindDataSet.

At last, data source should be set to ReportService in special overriden GetReportDataSources method inherited from MsReportServiceLocal.

public override IList<LocalReportDataSource> 
GetReportDataSources(string reportName, 
            List<LocalReportDataSource> result
             = new List<LocalReportDataSource>();
            if (reportName == "Employees.rdlc")
                EmployeesTableAdapter ta = 
                new EmployeesTableAdapter();
                result.Add(new LocalReportDataSource
                ("NWindDataSet_Employees", ta.GetData()));
            return result;

You can use report name and it’s parameters values to create the list of data source objects.

Step 7.

It’s necessary to add the report viewer component to the Silverlight application for the report display. Therefore you should add a reference to the PerpetuumSoft.Reporting.Silverlight.MsReporting.Client assembly, containing ReportViewer (in "Solution Explorer", item Add Reference in context menu of SampleApplication). This assemble is located in the Bin folder of the Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services installation folder.

Open MainPage.xaml in the markup designer and add xml namespace for the PerpetuumSoft.Reporting.Silverlight.MsReporting.Client assembly.

Then add ReportViewer and set ServiceUrl="http://localhost:5555/ReportService.svc" and ReportName="Employees.rdlc".

NOTE: We suppose you have Microsoft SQL Reporting Services installed and configured.

Open the MainPage.xaml.cs source code and add the following code.

    public partial class MainPage : UserControl
        public MainPage()
            Loaded += new RoutedEventHandler(Page_Loaded);
        void Page_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

RenderDocument method invocation leads to the rendering of the current report on the server and its displaying in the Report Viewer.

Step 9.

Set the SampleApplication.Server application as a starting one and launch it.


We have examined basic steps and got a simple and quite operable application. We didn’t have to write thousand lines of code – we only used ready-made implementation. It will be enough in the most cases. If required behavior differs greatly from the one provided by default, you can change not only many aspects of the Silverlight Viewer for Reporting Services work but also the appearance of the report viewer.

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