Reporting solutions and control suites are both powerful options for presenting data. We analyze how you can choose which is best for you.
We are living in a world where technologies develop so rapidly that it is difficult to stay ahead of them. New tools are entering the market every day and sometimes we can hardly decide how to differentiate and apply them properly to our projects. With this article, we try to help you decide between when to use a reporting solution and when to build custom views with a control suite in your application.
We will go through some main use cases and recommend the best fit for each. In addition, we will deep-dive into the most beneficial scenarios for a reporting solution. Of course, from а reporting point of view, we will also examine the features of Progress Telerik Reporting.
Reporting solutions are created with the purpose of quickly making data visualizations from various data sources purposed for previewing, printing, sharing and archiving. On the other hand, control suites are built with customizability, live updates, and interactivity in mind. In recent years, reporting solutions have started to advance more actively in the interactivity area as well.
Firstly, let's review the common use cases, where both perform equally well:
Then come the differences—let's talk about where each type excels:
Now, let us review some scenarios of Reporting vs. UI controls implementations:
Finally, let’s deep-dive into Reporting with some tips and tricks for better data visualization and report usage:
Both Reporting and UI control suites are compelling data presentment solutions, each powerful in its own way. Very often developers choose to combine them and utilize their benefits to the greatest extent.
Another thing to keep in mind when you are choosing between a control suite or reporting solution for a feature is the development approach. By using a control suite, you are expected to write code to implement the desired look and behavior. By using a reporting solution, development could be easier and more visual. With Reporting, for most of the reports you will not have to write any code. Telerik Reporting also gives business users the ability to create new reports or edit the existing ones as they desire using the Standalone Report Designer. Using a control suite also typically targets only one technology, be it Windows Forms, WPF, or ASP.NET. By utilizing a reporting solution, you can implement the reports once, and use them in all those technologies.
Leverage on a specific use case, and decide what fits it best—a reporting solution or control suite. Both have one very common advantage—they are specially created to fulfill any developer's need. So, enjoy them to the maximum!
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Milen Elkin is the Engineering Manager of the Telerik Reporting division, and has been with the team since 2007. Off work he enjoys spending time with his two beautiful daughters and his lovely wife.