ASP.NET Report Maker connects to your database, extracts tables and fields information, and generates ASP.NET scripts instantly based on these information.
To generate scripts, you just need to follow the tabs and setup the options, that is:
[Database] -> [ASP] -> [HTML] -> [Security] -> [Generate]
However, if you are a first time user, we recommend you to generate a basic ASP.NET application and get to know how ASP.NET Report Maker and ASP.NET works first.
To generate your first ASP.NET project, you can skip the options and use default settings first. In other words, you skip the intermediate steps and go directly to the [Generate] tab after connecting to your data source, that is:
[Database] -> [Generate]
You can generate the web site quickly by the following steps:
1. Start up ASP.NET Report Maker and choose the database type, in this example, we select "Microsoft Access". Select your database, enter the output path and/or password (if applicable) for the database.
2. Click the [Connect] button to load the database information. Tables and fields information will be loaded and displayed on the left hand side.
3. Click the [Generate] tab and select the follows:
Template file - The zipped file that contains the template of the generated pages. Just use the default template is shipped with ASP.NET Report Maker.
Project folder - The folder that the generated scripts will be outputted.
To run ASP.NET application you need to have .NET Core and .NET Core SDK properly installed, if you are not sure, read Preparing Windows for ASP.NET Core Development first). Then select [Kestrel] as testing web server and enable [Browse after generation].
4. Click the [Generate] button, the generation process will begin. After the web site is generated successfully, a completion message will be displayed. The web site should then be ready to run. If [Browse after generation] is enabled, ASP.NET Maker will open your browser, and - voila! - you'll see ASP.NET displaying the data in your first ASP.NET website.
After understanding how ASP.NET Report Maker works, you can go on to create more sophisticated reports, Detail and Summary Report or Crosstab Report are just a few more steps away. You can take advantage of various options provided by ASP.NET Report Maker to present your data. See Project Setup for full details.