WPF Grid-Based Report Generation (Coming soon in v15.2)

Thinking Out Loud
13 November 2015

In our never-ending quest to make reporting easier (and more flexible) for developers and end-users alike, v15.2 will introduce a new WPF Grid-based report generation option. As you can see from the screenshot below, this new option gives your power users a way to customize output and hopefully go a long way to reducing the number of custom reports you'll have to create over the life of your app.

WPF Grid-based Report Generation

With just a few lines of code, you can invoke the DevExpress WPF Report Designer at runtime from the Grid Control and create reports based on its data.

public static void ShowDesigner(IGridViewFactory<ColumnWrapper, RowBaseWrapper> factory)    {
    var report = new XtraReport();
    ReportGenerationExtensions<ColumnWrapper, RowBaseWrapper>.GenerateFrom(report, factory);
    var reportDesigner = new ReportDesigner();
    reportDesigner.Loaded += (s, e) =>    {
    reportDesigner.ShowWindow(factory as FrameworkElement);

To make things as easy as possible, we've added two behaviors that allow you to incorporate Grid-based report generation in your app when using our WPF Ribbon control:

  • DevExpress.Xpf.Reports.UserDesigner.Extensions.ReportManagerBehavior
  • DevExpress.Xpf.Reports.UserDesigner.Extensions.GridReportManagerService.

Here's how it works...first, attach the GridReportManagerService to a TableView:

<dxg:GridControl ... >
        <dxg:TableView ... >
               <dxrudex:GridReportManagerService x:Name="CourseCollectionViewReportService" />

...then attach ReportManagerBehavior to a Ribbon item and bind its Service property to GridReportManagerService:

<dxr:RibbonControl ... >
    <dxb:BarSplitButtonItem ... >
            <dxrudex:ReportManagerBehavior Service="{Binding ElementName=CourseCollectionViewReportService}" />

WPF Grid-based Report Generation


We'd love to hear your thoughts on these new features. Let us know what you think.

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