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Designing Your Own Reporting Service: A Web Service to Convert XML to HTML Using XSL


This article guides you in developing a web service which converts a given XML string to HTML based on XSL file available at server side.

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By: Jagadish Chaterjee
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December 19, 2005
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Designing Your Own Reporting Service: A Web Service to Convert XML to HTML Using XSL
  2. · Developing the XML Web Service
  3. · Developing the XML Web Service continued
  4. · Defining the XSLT
  5. · Executing and testing the XML Web Service
  6. · Understanding the web service
  7. · Improvements to the solution

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The above web service is meant only to give a basic idea on which you can start developing highly efficient reporting solutions using XSLT transformations.  Not only can you use XSLT transformations for HTML, but also for transforming to PDF, XSL-FO, and so on. 

Just to keep this article simple, I didn’t make much use of XPath, XPointer, XQuery and other XML related technologies.  I strongly recommend that you learn XPath and XQuery before designing or developing the reporting solutions with respect to XSL.

You can further extend the web service by designing and linking up your own “engine” using “windows services” to handle heavy load balances and processing power.  In that way you can lessen the heavy burden to the IIS web server (as web services work with IIS).

At this point, I didn’t really touch the database related issues.  You can come up with an idea for transforming “database related queries to XSL report” using the method I covered in this article along with some of the tricks I demonstrated in my previous article “Applying XSLT to XML Using ASP.NET”.

Now, I think you should agree with me that developing a simple reporting service should not be difficult!

Any comments, suggestions, improvements, bugs, errors, feedback etc. are highly appreciated at jag_chat@yahoo.com.


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