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· 4 min read
James A Brannan

A client asked how to call the dlex-layout endpoint using the Axios library rather than the DynamicPDF API's Node.js client library. In this tutorial, we illustrate how to send files and associated data by constructing a form and then using Axios to call the dlex-layout endpoint.

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Consider using The DynamicPDF API's node.js client library to make using the endpoints easier (DynamicPDF API - Node.js Client on NPM).

· 10 min read
James A Brannan

DynamicPDF Designer is a powerful graphical editing tool for creating a DLEX XML specification that, when processed, creates a PDF document. You can also programmatically create a DLEX specification to format a report dynamically. Here, we show how to dynamically create a columnar report.

This post is part two of a two-part blog post. In this post, we programmatically add columns to a DLEX from (almost) scratch.

In the last post (Dynamic Columns and Designer Reports - Part One), we modified an existing DLEX file to remove and move columns in an existing DLEX document. But many times, you might wish to create a DLEX programmatically from scratch. Here, we illustrate making a DLEX file dynamically from a bare-bones DLEX document.

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Creating and modifying a DLEX from scratch is tedious and error-prone. If possible, you should use DynamicPDF Designer Online.

We start with a bare-bones DLEX file, report-with-cover-page.json, and use the DynamicPDF API C# Client library, available on GitHub or as a NuGet package.

We use the client library to create a PDF using the pdf endpoint. We also use Microsoft's System.XML namespace.

· 10 min read
James A Brannan

DynamicPDF Designer is a powerful graphical editing tool for creating a DLEX XML specification that, when processed, creates a PDF document. You can also programmatically modify a DLEX specification to format a report dynamically. Here, we show how to dynamically change a report to remove columns when creating a columnar report.

This is part one of a two-part blog post. In this post we programmatically modify an existing DLEX. In the next post we create that DLEX from scratch.

· 8 min read
James A. Brannan

Here at DynamicPDF, we have noticed several clients needing help distinguishing if they should use a Subreport rather than a ConditionalHeader or ConditionalFooter. ConditionalHeader elements and ConditionalFooter elements are convenient ways to add top-level information or column headers to a report. However, when you need to display substantial data in a header or footer, often the better choice is to use a Subreport. Here, we create a report illustrating why you might consider using a Subreport rather than a ConditionalHeader or ConditionalFooter.