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Want to programmatically access your Sql Server Reporting Services Server? (SSRS) Turns out there’s an app for that! Or more precisely, a SOAP web service.

The Reporting Services SOAP API provides several Web service endpoints for developing custom reporting solutions. The endpoints currently fall into two categories: management and execution. The management functionality is exposed through the ReportService2005 and ReportService2006 endpoints. The ReportService2005 endpoint is used for managing a report server that is configured in native mode and the ReportService2006 endpoint is used for managing a report server that is configured for SharePoint integrated mode. The execution functionality is exposed through the ReportExecution2005 endpoint and it is used when the report server is configured in native or SharePoint integrated mode. The following topics show how these endpoints can be used for developing reporting solutions in Microsoft Windows, SharePoint, and Web applications.

via Integrating Reporting Services Using SOAP.

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There are many options available for testing and loading a web application. Two popular options are from Microsoft and Apache.

Follow Along

Demo files: download

Remote Desktop to: ECS500 (use your UOECS login information)
Test PHP Application: http://shoki/gallery/ (“admin”/”gallery”)
Test ASP.NET Application: http://shoki/wiki/ (“admin”/”screwturn”)

Microsoft

Visual Studio, Team Suite and Test editions contain enterprise-grade testing features.

Resources

Introduction to Web and Load Testing from Amit Chatterjee, MSFT
Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite OETC
Visual Studio Team Test Quick Reference Guide & Community Site
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite 90-Day Trial
Visual Studio Team System Web and Load Testing Forum

Microsoft Web Platform Installer

Open-Source Alternative

Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only option. There are several commercial offerings, and there is also, open-source, Apache Software Foundation’s JMeter.

Resources

JMeter Homepage/Download
JMeter Getting Started Video

JMeter Manual
JMeter Wiki

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Microsoft’s vision of the Web 2.0 world. Doesn’t seem to be much blog discussion of this yet, I’m hoping the sample code will give my spinning wheels some traction.

Project Kobe is a getting started resource kit for planning, architecting, and implementing Web 2.0 applications and services using the Microsoft Platform. This resource kit is targeted toward technology decision makers, hands-on solution architects, development managers, and developers in the aspiring web startups community and in enterprises and businesses looking to invest in new Web 2.0 application/service development projects.

via Kobe.

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