Use Scripts in Reports

In on-premises installations of Geocortex Reporting, you can include C# scripts in your reports.

Scripting allows report authors to write code that executes on your server. This can represent a security vulnerability if your report authors are not trusted.

Scripting is enabled by default. You can disable scripting if you want.

To use scripts in reports, you must be familiar with C#.

Scripting is available in on-premises installations of Geocortex Reporting only. Scripting is not available in cloud Reporting.

In Geocortex Reporting, scripts are custom event handlers. When you configure a script, you associate the script with a particular report element—a control, a band, or the report itself—and a predefined event, such as Before Print or After Print. Each element in a report has its own set of events. The event is fired relative to generation of the specified element. As the event handler, the script runs when the event is fired.

Example 1: If you associate the script with the Report Header band and After Print event, the script will run immediately after the Report Header is generated.

Example 2: If you associate the script with a particular control and the Before Print event, the script will run immediately before the control is generated.

The script runs as many times as the associated report element is generated.

Example 3: If you associate the script with the Page Footer band, the script will run once per page, because the Page Footer is generated once per page.

Example 4: If you associate the script with a control in a Detail band, the script will run once for each record, because the Detail band is generated once for each record.

Main Steps to Configure a Script

To add a script to a report:

  1. Open the report in Report Designer.

  2. Click Scripts to open the Script Editor.

  3. Specify when the script will run.

    To do this, you need to associate the script with a report element (a control, a band, or the report itself) and an event. The event will be fired relative to generation of the specified element. The script is the event handler—it runs whenever the event is fired for the specified element.

    Configuring the report element and event is mandatory. If you skip this step, the script will not run.

    1. Select the element to associate the script with.

      Drop-down list in the Script Editor to associate the script with a report element

    2. Select the event.

      Drop-down list in the Script Editor to select the event

      The Script Editor creates a script stub. The script is named for the report element and event that you selected.

      Script stub created by the Script Editor

  4. Type or paste the remainder of the script into the stub.

    If you type the script, the Script Editor provides intelligent code completion as you type.

  5. Click Validate to validate the script.

  6. When the script is valid, click Designer to return to the design surface.

  7. To test your script, preview the report.

See Also...

Most feature attachment requirements can be met using the Single Feature Attachment Control and Multiple Feature Attachment Control . However, should you require more flexibility, you can use scripting to include attachments in a report. See Tech Tip: Using scripting to put attachments in reports using Geocortex Reporting for more information.

Example - Use a Script to Show Feature Attachments

This example uses a C# script to show feature attachment images in a report.

This is intended as an example only. If you want to use feature attachments in a report, use one of the feature attachment controls. See Configure Feature Attachment Controls for information.

  1. Sign in to on-premises Report Designer.

  2. If you have not yet configured the data source for a feature service that has feature attachment images, configure it now.

  3. Create a report that uses the data source.

  4. Add data fields and other controls to the report.

  5. Drag a Picture Box control to the design surface, resize it, and configure its settings, except the image's location. The script will construct the image's URL.

    Set the image's Sizing property to Zoom Image to enlarge or shrink the image to fit the control.

    Example report layout

  6. Click Scripts to open the script editor.

  7. Select the report element to associate with the script, in this case, detailBand1. Alternatively, you could select the pictureBox1 control.

    Your selection determines the list of events that you can choose from.

    Location of drop-down list to select the report element

  8. Select Before Print from the Select event drop-down list.

    A script stub appears:

    Select Event Stub

    private void detailBand1_BeforePrint(object sender, System.Drawing.Printing.PrintEventArgs e) {

    Stub for a script that runs before detailBand1 is generated

  9. Add the remaining code to the stub:

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    Feature Attachment Script
    pictureBox1.ImageUrl = "[image-url-no-image]";
        var serviceUrl = "[feature-layer-url]";
        var fid = GetCurrentColumnValue("OBJECTID");

        var attachmentsUrl = serviceUrl + fid + "/attachments?f=json";
        using (var wc = new System.Net.WebClient())
        {
           using (var stream = wc.OpenRead(attachmentsUrl))
           {
                var serializer = new Newtonsoft.Json.JsonSerializer();
                using (var sr = new System.IO.StreamReader(stream))
                using (var jsonTextReader = new Newtonsoft.Json.JsonTextReader(sr))
                {
                    var response = serializer.Deserialize<Newtonsoft.Json.Linq.JObject>(jsonTextReader);
                    var infos = response["attachmentInfos"] as Newtonsoft.Json.Linq.JArray;
                    if (infos != null)
                    {
                        var info = System.Linq.Enumerable.FirstOrDefault(infos, (x) =>
                        {
                            var contentType = (string)x["contentType"];
                            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(contentType) && contentType.StartsWith("image/"))
                            {
                                return true;
                            }
                         return false;
                        });
                        if (info != null)
                        {
                            var imageUrl = serviceUrl + fid + "/attachments/" + info["id"].ToString();
                            pictureBox1.ImageUrl = imageUrl;
                            pictureBox1.Visible = true;
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
        }
  10. If the name of the Picture Box control is not pictureBox1, change all instances of pictureBox1 to the correct name.

  11. Locate the following line and replace [image-url-no-image] with the URL of the image that you want to show in the report when a feature does not have an attached image.

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    No Image

    pictureBox1.ImageUrl = "[image-url-no-image]";
  12. Locate the following line and replace [feature-layer-url] with the URL of the feature layer.

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    Feature Layer URL

    var serviceUrl = "[feature-layer-url]";

    The URL must end with a slash (/).

  13. If the layer's object ID field is not called OBJECTID, locate the following line and replace OBJECTID with the correct field name.

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    OBJECTID Alternate

    var fid = GetCurrentColumnValue("OBJECTID");
  14. Click Validate to validate the script.

  15. When the script is valid, click Designer to return to the design surface.

  16. Click Preview to preview the report.

    Preview of a report showing feature attachments located by a C# script