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Gary asked on 16 Oct 2009, 07:27 PM
We develop/distribute a web based application and want to add reporting capabilities. I am a little unclear about the Telerik reporting. Years ago we use Crystal Reports which allowed the customers to create report files that could be loaded into our application.

How is this done with Telerik reporting? If the customer has to use Visual Studio (does the Visual Studio plugin just generate .cs code?) how do they add this to our web application (a commerical product). Would my customers have to create a .dll (inside visual studio) for every new report they want to create?

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answered on 19 Oct 2009, 10:54 AM
Hello Jay O'Brien,

We do not have an end-user designer that would allow your users to create the reports themselves without the need of Visual Studio IDE, however this feature is in our TODO list as top priority. Currently Telerik Reporting designer is integrated with Visual Studio and would not work outside of it. Reports are created within a separate class library which is referenced in the actual application, this you are correct - the reports are contained within an assembly, which needs to be present in the application in order to show the reports. See the following articles for more info:

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answered on 19 Oct 2009, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the reply. I am actually surprised how few (if any) reporting tools offer the ability to package the reports in a separate (non-C# or Java) file. I was doing this 8 years ago in Crystal Reports. That was the only good thing about Crystal and probably one of the biggest reasons for its huge success. Let me add that I will quit before I ever use that software package (Crystal) again ... it got buggier and bloatier every year ;)

I would have thought that there would have been a nice market for this type of capability. Are there any other "end user" web-based reporting tools other than Crystal Reports? I even looked at MS SQL Reporting Services, but it is insanely difficult to install (our support department would have to double in size just to handle our customers trying to install that package).
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