SQL Server Reporting Services provides access to the full functionality of the report server through the Report Server Web service. The Report Server Web service is an XML Web service with a SOAP API. It uses SOAP over HTTP and acts as a communications interface between client programs and the report server. The Web service provides two endpoints - one for report execution and one for report management - with methods that expose the functionality of the report server and enable you to create custom tools for any part of the report life cycle.
There are three primary ways to develop Reporting Services applications based on the Web service. You can:
Develop applications using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK. For more information about using the .NET Framework to build Web service applications, see Building Applications Using the Web Service and the .NET Framework.
Develop applications using the rs utility (RS.exe), the Reporting Services script environment. With Reporting Services and Visual Basic scripts, you can run any of the Report Server Web service operations. For more information about scripting in Reporting Services, see Script with the rs.exe Utility and the Web Service.
Develop applications using any SOAP-enabled set of development tools. For more information, see The Role of SOAP in Reporting Services.
Reporting Services available Web service development options
In This Section
Report Server Web Service Methods
Describes the features and methods of each Report Server Web service.
The Role of SOAP in Reporting Services
Provides an overview of SOAP and how it is used in the Report Server Web services.
Accessing the SOAP API
Describes the Web Service Description Language (WSDL) and provides URLs for accessing a Reporting Services WSDL file.
Building Applications Using the Web Service and the .NET Framework
Contains information about developing applications and Web services that call the Reporting Services SOAP API.
Script with the rs.exe Utility and the Web Service
Provides an overview of the Reporting Services scripting environment.
Technical Reference (SSRS)
Contains reference material specific to Report Server Web services methods and corresponding complex types.
User Requirements for Web Service Development
To develop applications using the Report Server Web service, you need:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or later installed on a computer with an Internet connection to and access to the report server.
Microsoft Visual Studio or the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK installed on a computer if you want to develop and deploy Reporting Services applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework.
An in-depth understanding of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services features and capabilities.
A firm understanding of SOAP and XML Web Services.
Development experience in a .NET Framework-compatible language such as Microsoft Visual C# or Microsoft Visual Basic, if you plan to use the .NET Framework as your development platform.