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E Pons asked on 21 Oct 2010, 01:04 AM
Hello,

When I create a new report using the Telerik Reporting Template in Visual Studio 2010, there are a number of changes I need to make each time.  Can the VS Template be modified to avoid this repetition or is there another recommended technique?

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answered on 21 Oct 2010, 05:27 PM
Hi E Pons,

The Telerik Reporting template is available in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ItemTemplates\CSharp\Reporting (respectively in the VisualBasic folder as well). It is an archive (zip) that contains the necessary files: Telerik_Reporting_Q2_2010_SP1.zip. Editing the files in the archive is up to you and you can make modifications to them if you want.
After you're done with the changes, make sure you open Visual Studio Command Prompt as Administrator and run devenv.exe /InstallVSTemplates, so that the changes would take effect.
More information about VS templates is available in Visual Studio Templates MSDN article.

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Steve
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answered on 22 Oct 2010, 09:11 AM
Thank you, Steve!  I will do this. 

One clarification: is it correct that I will need to re-do this process for every release of Telerik Reporting?

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answered on 22 Oct 2010, 05:01 PM
Hi E Pons,

The version of the reporting product is contained within the TelerikReport.vstemplate for each separate version, so yes you would have to do this process for every release.
As far as I understand you want to have something like base report that would contain specific sections/items and this can be achieved through inheritance as well - check the following forum thread for more information and decide which approach suits you best.

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answered on 25 Oct 2010, 07:53 AM
Hi Steve,

Good to know about the separate versions.  I'm mostly making minor modifications to the template to avoid StyleCop build errors regarding comments and spacing and such. 

Yes, we're also using some inheritance with a BaseReport.

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answered on 25 Oct 2010, 10:49 AM
Hi E Pons,

You would be glad to know that we've fixed the xml comments in the report template in the Q2 2010 SP1 release (latest official version), so if this is what was troubling you, it would not be a problem any more once you upgrade.

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