From a Winforms application, how do I create a Word doc object using a Web service, so that it is created server-side and then served to the client in a browser? This is for a Web-deployed Winforms application that works really well apart from the reporting. Would the SQL Reporting Services be a better option and, if so, how would I go about calling these reports from a Web-deployed Winforms app?
I'd avoid using Word, as you want to do, in a Web service. You're only asking for a lot of trouble, as you'll be loading essentially one copy of Word into each connection that requests the report generation. That's going to chew up a huge amount of memory and cause lots of problems in your application.
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What I'd suggest you look at instead is Crystal Reports, which comes with the Enterprise Architect version of Visual Studio. It's a scalable, server-based reporting product that will handle pretty much anything you throw at it.
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