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Choose the Optimal Approach to Generating Reports in ASP.NET Core
Generating reporting in ASP.NET Core

Choose the Optimal Approach to Generating Reports in ASP.NET Core

Reports play an important role in web applications, providing insight and data visualization to users. In this blog post, we will discuss the different approaches to report generation in ASP.NET Core and which approach is best for different situations. We will also share tips on how to make your reports faster, more secure, and more effective. You will have everything you need to know to generate reports successfully in your ASP.NET Core projects by the end of this blog post.

The Need for Report Generation in ASP.NET Core

Report generation in ASP.NET Core is used for various purposes, including data export, business insight, compliance, data visualization, accessibility, and integration. This makes report generation a prominent feature in apps for many domains.

Report Generation Approaches in ASP.NET Core

ASP.NET Core offers a variety of approaches and tools for report generation.

Hybrid approach

The hybrid approach for report generation combines server-side report processing with client-side rendering to optimize performance and reduce memory usage. A notable example is Syncfusion’s Bold Reports Report Viewer. With this approach, the server handles report generation and sends only the data relevant to the currently viewed page to the client, ensuring efficient data retrieval and minimal memory usage. This method enables users to access and interact with large data sets easily, because the data not required for the current page will not come to the client.

Product and Suppliers Report
Product and Suppliers Report

Server-side generation

This approach involves generating reports on the server side and then saving them in a desired file format. This approach is flexible and can be used to generate complex reports, making it a suitable choice for many reporting needs. Businesses can utilize server-side report generation with tools like Bold Reports Report Writer. With this approach, users can generate sophisticated reports, and then the server processes these design specifications to generate the final reports in various file formats.

Bold Reports Report Writer
Bold Reports Report Writer

Client-side generation

Client-side generation entails creating reports directly within the client’s web browser using JavaScript libraries and frameworks. This approach offers speed and interactivity, making it an excellent choice for responsive and dynamic reporting solutions. A practical use case involves rendering data as a table using HTML elements, and then employing tools like PrintJS to convert it into a PDF report format. This method also allows for designing reports with charts and tables that can be easily utilized by printer libraries to generate comprehensive and visually appealing reports, providing a user-friendly and efficient reporting experience.

The best approach for you will depend on your specific requirements, such as the complexity of your reports, the data sources, and the desired output format.

Streamlining Report Generation with the Bold Reports Reporting Solution

The Bold Reports reporting solution is a powerful tool that simplifies the entire reporting process. It gives companies access to the:

  • Report Designer: The WYSIWYG Report Designer lets users create RDL and RDLC reports. If you want to create or modify a report, you can do so easily in the Report Designer with the properties available in the user interface. There is no code involved to create or modify a report.
  • Report Viewer: The Report Viewer component is used to view reports designed using the Report Designer. You can easily export and print the report with a few clicks.
  • Report Writer: The Report Writer component is used to generate reports in PDF, Word, Excel, and CSV without previewing the report in the application.

By utilizing these components, you can create and generate reports in ASP.NET Core applications. You can also easily update to the latest version of Bold Reports without breaking your app.


I hope this blog post equips you to choose the optimal approach to report generation for your ASP.NET Core projects. Whether you choose hybrid, server-side, or client-side generation, pick software components that can adapt to your unique requirements and create and generate reports that drive your business forward.

To learn more about Bold Reports ASP.NET Core tools, look through our documentation. To experience their features live, check out our demo samples. You are also welcome to start a 15-day free trial to experience Bold Reports for yourself without any credit card information required.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section. You can also contact us through our contact page or customer portal if you already have an account. Stay tuned for announcements about new releases by following us on our TwitterFacebookLinkedInPinterest, and Instagram pages.


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