by Peter Galli on April 09, 2010 02:09pm

Microsoft has just released the SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP, which enables PHP developers to easily create reports and integrate them in their web applications.

The SDK offers a simple Application Programming Interface to interoperate with SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft's Reporting and Business Intelligence solution.

Developers will be able to use the SDK to perform common operations like listing reports in PHP applications, providing custom report parameters from a PHP Web form, and managing the style of the output formats to meet their needs. 

This interoperability toolkit is now available for download from CodePlex as an open source project, and is open to feedback from the community. 

As Claudio Caldato notes in his blog on the Interoperability @ Microsoft site, "best of all, these scenarios can be done using the free (as in 'free beer'!) SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services edition.

This edition includes the SQL Server 2008 Express database engine as well as graphical administration tools and the Reporting Services server components for creating, managing, and deploying tabular, matrix, graphical, and free-form reports.

Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 Express Advanced can be downloaded here.