Reporting Services, Report Builder, and ReportViewer Controls

I had been asked a number of times what is the difference between Reporting Services, Report Builder, and ReportViewer Controls, so here’s a quick recap: Reporting Services: This is the server-based reporting platform as part of the Microsoft BI stack that allows you to create reporting solutions against multiple data sources.  More information can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms159106.aspx.  As part of the Visual Studio 2008 Business Intelligence Development Studio, you can create your reports in a development shell which ultimately creates Repot Definition Language (RDL). Report Builder 2008: Report Builder is an Office-like tool that allows you to create reports with all…

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