Dynamics AX 2012: A Preview of SSRS Report Development (Part 1)


I’m excited to share with you now just a few of the improvements we’ve made in Dynamics AX 2012 compared to what was available in Dynamics AX 2009 with regard to SSRS Reports.

Development Environment

Dynamics AX 2009 SSRS report development was tied to Visual Studio 2008 as you see from the screenshot below


Dynamics AX 2012 has moved to Visual Studio 2010.



The Application Explorer

If you look carefully at the previous screenshot, you’ll see a new tool the team has added to enhance the Visual Studio experience for AX developers – the Application Explorer


If you install our development tools into Visual Studio and don’t see this tool, you can always access it from the view menu.


AX Developers will understand exactly why this is cool. One example of this is for SSRS Reports, we can directly start editing an SSRS report from the Application Explorer



If you don’t already have a solution or report project open, one will be created for you.



Improved support for AX Queries

Support for AX Queries reports has been enhanced as should be clear from the screenshot below.




In comparison here is the AX 2009 version of the same UX



As you can see, in Dynamics AX 2012 we’ve made it easy to get access to display methods from tables. This was a very frequent request from AX developers and should make report development much simpler.

Comments (2)

  1. Jonas says:

    IMO, In reality SSRS reports are a huge headache not improvement. Integration with AX is minimal. One could use any external reporting tool with almost similar comfort level.

    Design of the report, especially those with precise layout like Invoice document, is much more difficult to achieve.

    Development lifecycle of the report is much longer. I would say SSRS integration was done in a wrong way.

    Even to make a copy of existing report is a problem.

  2. Albert says:

    @Jonas, i totally agree with you, this is really suck

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