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Bind a Report to a CSV File (Runtime Sample)

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This example demonstrates how to bind a report to a file that contains data in CSV format, and specify the report layout at runtime.

View Example: Reporting for WinForms - Bind a Report to a CSV File at Runtime

using DevExpress.DataAccess.Excel;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.Configuration;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
// ...
// Create an empty report.
XtraReport report = new XtraReport();

// Create a new Excel data source.
ExcelDataSource excelDataSource = new ExcelDataSource {
    FileName = "..//..//Northwind.csv"

// Specify import settings.
CsvSourceOptions csvSourceOptions = new CsvSourceOptions {
    DetectEncoding = true,
    DetectNewlineType = true,
    DetectValueSeparator = true
excelDataSource.SourceOptions = csvSourceOptions;

// Define the data source schema.
FieldInfo fieldCategoryID = new FieldInfo { Name = "CategoryID", Type = typeof(double), Selected = false };
FieldInfo fieldCategoryName = new FieldInfo { Name = "CategoryName", Type = typeof(string) };
FieldInfo fieldDescription = new FieldInfo { Name = "Description", Type = typeof(string) };
// Add the created fields to the data source schema in the order that matches the column order in the source file.
excelDataSource.Schema.AddRange(new FieldInfo[] { fieldCategoryID, fieldCategoryName, fieldDescription });

// Assign the data source to the report.
report.DataSource = excelDataSource;

// Add a detail band to the report.
DetailBand detailBand = new DetailBand {
    Height = 50

// Create a new label.
XRLabel label = new XRLabel();
// Specify the label's binding depending on the data binding mode.
if (Settings.Default.UserDesignerOptions.DataBindingMode == DataBindingMode.Bindings)
    label.DataBindings.Add("Text", null, "CategoryName");
else label.ExpressionBindings.Add(new ExpressionBinding("BeforePrint", "Text", "[CategoryName]"));
// Add the label to the detail band.

// Show the report's print preview.
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