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Crystal Report from an XML Webservice

I've been stuck on a problem now for ages and i'm about ready to pack my
project in because of it lol.

OK here is my scenario.

I have an existing Crystal Report, which I have added to my solution and
published it as a webservice. This report takes it data from an SQL server on
another machine.

The user will have a windows form in a little app i'm writing where it has a
web reference to this report... it will show the report from this Web Service
in the crystal report view control.

I set the report datasource to this web service... however I keep getting
the database logon screen whenever I run the report... if I enter the correct
password it runs fine... but my problem is I dont want this sodding box to
come up all the time!

Ive seen examples of other users problems where they are to set the logon
details for every table but I cannot seem to do this myself as I cant get to
the actual crystal report object from the web service to change the database
table logon bits.

Am I making sense here? Someone please help ths is really sapping my will to
live...

Thanks in advance.

FeveZ
Nov 21 '05 #1
3 9196
Can somebody please shed some light on this as to what im doing wrong?

None of my posts ever get answered :-(

Thanks :-)
Fev
Nov 21 '05 #2
FeveZ,

You can easily stream your report as a PDF straight to the browser, too.
Looks much
more professional than the ugly crystal control on the screen. Here's how to
do what you want (in a nutshell):

1) In your webservice, set your report to get its data from a dataset
2) Have your data layer retrieve the report data in the form of a DataSet
3) Set the reports DataSource (.SetDataSource ) to the DataSet in 3)
4) Export the report to a stream (ExportToStream ), and convert it to a array
of bytes
5) Return the byte array to the calling web page, which can
Response.Binary Write it to the client browser
6) Wipe hands on pants and repeat!

Here's sample code:
yada yada yada: it's always nice to see the USINGS!!
using System;
using System.Componen tModel;
using System.Configur ation;
using System.Data;
using System.Diagnost ics;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Serv ices;

using Microsoft.Appli cationBlocks.Ex ceptionManageme nt;

using CrystalDecision s.CrystalReport s.Engine;
using CrystalDecision s.Shared;

[WebMethod]
public byte[] GetDataForDTRep ort(int fiscalYearId,in t programId,int
languageId)
{
// Declaration section
ReportDs report = new ReportDs(); //our data service
DataSet reportData = new DataSet();
System.IO.Strea m dataStream;
byte[] pdfReport = new byte[1];
ExportRequestCo ntext requestCtx = new ExportRequestCo ntext();

// Create an instance of your report class
DTReport repDoc = new DTReport();
bool dataReturned = true;

try
{
// Validation section
// Call the data services for the report
reportData =
report.GetDataF orDTReport(fisc alYearId,progra mId,languageId) ;

//If tables are returned
if(reportData.T ables.Count > 0)
{
//If at least one table has no rows
foreach(DataTab le table in reportData.Tabl es)
{
if(table.Rows.C ount == 0)
{
dataReturned = false;
break;
}
}
if(dataReturned )
{
// Set the data source for the report
repDoc.SetDataS ource(reportDat a);
repDoc.ExportOp tions.ExportFor matType =
ExportFormatTyp e.PortableDocFo rmat;
repDoc.ExportOp tions.FormatOpt ions = new PdfRtfWordForma tOptions();
requestCtx.Expo rtInfo = repDoc.ExportOp tions;
dataStream = repDoc.FormatEn gine.ExportToSt ream(requestCtx );

// Convert the data stream with the pdf report into an array
pdfReport = new byte[dataStream.Leng th];
dataStream.Read (pdfReport,0,(i nt)dataStream.L ength);
dataStream.Clos e();
}
}
return pdfReport;
}
catch(Exception ex)
{
// Wrap exception and rethrow
throw new BaseApplication Exception("Web Service Exception", ex);
}
finally
{
// Cleanup code
reportData = null;
dataStream = null;
pdfReport = null;
}
}
--
Tim Gallivan
I know I'm a great teacher because when I give a lesson, the person never
comes back.

"FeveZ" <Fe***@discussi ons.microsoft.c om> wrote in message
news:11******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
I've been stuck on a problem now for ages and i'm about ready to pack my
project in because of it lol.

OK here is my scenario.

I have an existing Crystal Report, which I have added to my solution and
published it as a webservice. This report takes it data from an SQL server on another machine.

The user will have a windows form in a little app i'm writing where it has a web reference to this report... it will show the report from this Web Service in the crystal report view control.

I set the report datasource to this web service... however I keep getting
the database logon screen whenever I run the report... if I enter the correct password it runs fine... but my problem is I dont want this sodding box to
come up all the time!

Ive seen examples of other users problems where they are to set the logon
details for every table but I cannot seem to do this myself as I cant get to the actual crystal report object from the web service to change the database table logon bits.

Am I making sense here? Someone please help ths is really sapping my will to live...

Thanks in advance.

FeveZ

Nov 21 '05 #3
Sweet thanks... Cant test it right now because im away from my dev kit :-D

I'll let you know how it goes :D

Thanks again :-)

Fev
Nov 21 '05 #4

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