SQL Server Reporting Services offers several programming interfaces that you can leverage in your own applications. You can use the existing features and capabilities of Reporting Services to build custom reporting and management tools into Web sites and Windows applications, or you can extend the Reporting Services platform.
Extending the Reporting Services platform includes creating new components and resources that can be used for data access, report delivery and more. You can market these components and resources to companies that are using Reporting Services in their organization.
Provides an overview of how to use Reporting Services to integrate reporting into custom applications. Describes when to use direct URL access and when to use the Web service to access the report server.
The Report Server Web service provides access to the full functionality of the report server. The Web service uses SOAP over HTTP and is designed to act as a communications interface between client programs and the report server. The Web service and its methods expose the functionality of the report server and allow you to create custom tools for any part of the report life cycle, from management to execution.
Reporting Services supports a complete set of URL-based requests that you can use as a quick and easy access point for report navigation and viewing. You can use this technology in conjunction with the Report Server Web service to integrate a complete reporting solution into your custom business applications. URL access is particularly useful when integrating reports as part of a Web portal or when viewing reports from a Web browser.
The modular architecture of Reporting Services is designed for extensibility. A managed code API is available so that you can easily develop, install, and manage extensions consumed by many Reporting Services components. You can create assemblies using the Microsoft .NET Framework and add new Reporting Services rendering, security, delivery, and data processing functionality to meet your evolving business needs.