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My company is implementing some software which uses SSRS as the engine for report presentation both in and out of the application, so we'll be customizing a lot of SSRS reports soon.

Microsoft has put a good amount of functionality in SSRS but, frankly, Report Builder et al are still not the easiest tools to use for report-writing...

My Google searches seeking extensions or add-ons or other third-party tools to help with the report and query writing tasks doesn't find anything except what Microsoft has provided... Is this really the case, that there are no tools to improve on SSRS?

closed as off-topic by John Eisbrener, LowlyDBA, Randi Vertongen, Erik Darling, Colin 't Hart Mar 21 at 8:16

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    I voted to close this question as it's technically considered a shopping list question, which is not something we're inclined to answer. If you have a specific issue you cannot solve using the default tools, please adjust your question accordingly. As a final FYI, Visual Studio is the IDE of choice for SSRS reports, and as such provides a lot of functionality that Report Builder just doesn't/can't. – John Eisbrener Mar 20 at 20:48
  • Thanks for the comments, @Josh -- I wondered if this would be a no-no "shopping list" question. Mostly I'm in disbelief that there don't appear to be any products that do this... so perhaps that's just the way it is. :| – ewall Mar 21 at 20:06
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SQL Server Data Tools is typically used to author SSRS reports when Report Builder is insufficient. You can download and install SSDT as a standalone tool (runs a cut down version of Visual Studio) or if you have VS installed already it installs as an extension.

Make sure you download the correct SSDT version for the version of Visual Studio you have, then you can create and deploy advanced SSRS reports/projects from Visual Studio.

SQL Server Data Tools

Older versions for previous VS releases

  • Thanks, @HandyD. So it sounds like the best solution is go deeper with the coding tools -- which is fine for my needs. I guess I'm still just shocked there isn't an ecosystem of SSRS extensions. – ewall Mar 21 at 20:07

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