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Jon asked on 16 Jun 2010, 11:12 AM
Hi,

I have a report that has three distinct subreport sections that can be turned on and off.  I did create them as subreports but then because of the positioning on the resultant report and the fact that there is no "page break before" functionality for items within the detail section I want to add them in as a report book.

I've tried adding a report book to the detail section of a report but have had no success.  The examples on the site are more about selling the product than teaching about it and the help guide doesn't really do much more than show you how to use the ReportViewer with a report book.

How do I go about solving my issue? Essentially I want to add the report book that I've setup (and it works) to the DetailSection...

Also will the help/knowledge base type stuff be sorted out anytime soon.  This is an increasing fustration of mine across the Telerik range in that a couple of years ago it seems that everything was about examples, documentation etc.  Now we are lucky to have a sniff of good relevant non sales examples on the site.  I'm sure that I'm not the only one that has noticed this trend.  Doubly worrying for me as the reason that I use Telerik and not DevExpress is that the online help was (not the past tense) better with Telerik.  I am not by the way knocking the forum based support as that's pretty good but so many times I see repeat question after repeat question which could be removed by better help guides.   Forget about focussing on selling the product and start providing the support guides - also please stop this massive move to Silverlight and provide some new useful stuff for the (I'm sure vast) majority of us that still live in the dark ages using ASP.Net and Winforms - otherwise we may start looking elsewhere...

Regards,

Jon

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answered on 18 Jun 2010, 05:26 PM
Hello Jon,

Thank you for the feedback. The main purpose of the demos are to show the Telerik Reporting's features and possibilities. For learning purposes you can use the following resources:
And of course you can always contact the Telerik Support if you experience difficulties.

As to your question - the Report Book is intended to be used in the customer's application. It can't be added to the Report's Sections. For more information check out the Creating a Report Book at Design-time help article. 

Another approach of using the Report Book is to create a custom class that inherits the Report Book as shown in the following code snippet and can be later assign to a report viewer.

public class ReportBook : Telerik.Reporting.ReportBook
{
    public ReportBook()
    {
        this.Reports.Add(new DashBoard());
        this.Reports.Add(new ProductSales());
        this.Reports.Add(new ProductCatalog());
        this.Reports.Add(new ProductLineSales());
    }
}
You can see this example in action in the ReportBook demo that came with your installation of Telerik Reporting - Start - > Programs -> Telerik -> Reporting -> Visual Studio Examples.

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Peter
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answered on 23 Jun 2010, 04:18 PM
Hi Peter,

Many thanks for that.  Not the most obvious way to do this but it worked well.

Re the support I find that so much of the documentation is either missing or out of date that I end up in the forums.  I avoid the TV as you have to watch the whole thing just to find out that it wasn't relevant anyway (can we have transcripts so that we can search them first). 

Personally I feel that there needs to be some form of exercise performed to coalesce all of the strands of support into one that is easily searched and managed.

Regards,

Jon

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