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Differences between Report Builder and Reporting Services
Part three of a seven-part series of blogs

Report Builder and BIDS (the Visual Studio add-in for creating Reporting Services reports) are essentially the same underneath their very different looking skins. This blog lists the small number of differences.

  1. Report Builder vs. Reporting Services - Differences
  2. Report Builder Difference 1 - Look and Feel
  3. Difference 2 - Report Builder 3.0 has more wizards (this blog)
  4. Difference 3 - Creating Datasets in Report Builder
  5. Difference 4 - Expression Intellisense in Report Builder
  6. Difference 5 - Using Report Parts in Report Builder
  7. Other Differences for Report Builder

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 November 2011

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Difference 2 - Report Builder 3.0 has more wizards

When you insert a table or matrix in Report Builder 3.0, you get the choice of using a wizard:

The insert table wizard

You can choose to insert a table or matrix using a wizard

In addition, when you first create a report in Report Builder an in-your-face wizard appears:

The Report Builder report wizard

If you don't want to use a wizard, choose Blank Report.


Note that even if you choose a blank report in Report Builder 3.0, you still get two textboxes added by default (slightly irritatingly):

Default blank report in Report Builder

The two text boxes added automatically to any new report in Report Builder 3.0.



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