Embedded designer

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  1. Rikard
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    Aug 2011

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 Link to this post

    Hello,

    Our client/server application project is at a crossroads report technology wise. We have been experimenting with Telerik Reporting, creating a prototype in which the report definitions are stored as Xml in a database on the server side, deserialized and presented client side. The report data sources are domain model objects passed from the server to the client. An unconditional demand from our product owner is that end-users are given the opportunity to edit existing reports, and also create new alternative ones. We were unable to fully accomplish this using existing Telerik Reporting technology, since the only report editing capabilities provided is the stand-alone report designer. This designer, although for it's purposes fully functioning, provides no alternatives for datasource that are useful to us.

    What we would need to know, to be able to make an informed decision regarding Telrik as vendor, is whether a report designer component that can be embedded in our WPF client application is in the Reporting roadmap. And, if so, when this might be available. The reason we need this, apart from not having to temporarily store the Xml-definition clientside as a trdx-file, is to be able set the data source programatically, enabling the end-user to add report fields through drag & drop.

    Best regards
    Rikard
  2. Steve
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    Posted 03 Oct 2012 Link to this post

    Hello Rikard,

    Currently we do not offer a report designer that can be embedded in clients' applications. Our focus is on catching up with some important features for a tool like this (working with data, etc). The designer is a pretty complicated software and we're not sure whether it is suitable for a conventional usage, so this matter is about to be considered.

    The proper way for adding predefined connection strings in an application is to use named connection strings which are added to the application configuration file. When you install Telerik Reporting the standalone designer is a single .exe with a config file. Each user can have his own exe file with the respective config file and use his own connection strings, which can also be predefined by the admin, so the available data sources he can use for creating a report are defined entirely by you, the administrator.

    In the upcoming release we will extend the ReportDesigner configuration with assembly references in order to enable UserFunctions in the report expressions and the possibility to use ObjectDataSource component. These configurations will be included in the ReportDesigner config file.

    Regards,
    Steve
    the Telerik team

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