Extending Reporting Services
What's in this chapter?
Leveraging extensibility options
Reasons for extending SQL Server Reporting Services
Creating custom extensions
Installing custom extensions
As you learned in previous chapters, Reporting Services is a robust and scalable product for enterprise report processing. In addition, Microsoft has created Reporting Services using a modular extensible architecture that allows users to customize, extend, and expand the product to support their enterprise business intelligence (BI) reporting needs. This chapter introduces you to most of the areas within Reporting Services that allow customization and explains some of the reasons that you might want to extend the product. The basic requirements for implementing each type of extension are discussed, followed by a detailed example of creating and deploying a data processing extension.
Reporting Services currently supports extending its behavior in the following areas: