Reporting vs RADControls

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  1. Brad Perniciaro
    Brad Perniciaro avatar
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    Nov 2006

    Posted 27 Dec 2007 Link to this post

    I'm working on a web application where we have to generate user-defined 'reports' based on a multitude of data.  The web application itself is used to monitor ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines).  For instance, these ATMs generate 'journal records' which describe how the ATMs is being used; there are transaction records which describe how much money was withdrawn, deposited, etc... and there are other types of journal records. 

    Our users need to analyze these records in a multitude of ways: They may want to see the last 56 journal records (regardless of the type of record), they may want to view a particular journal record from 3 weeks ago, they may want to see the last 290 transaction journal records where a withdrawl was issued, etc.

    From what I have seen from the Reporting demos, it seems most of the reports are 'canned' and don't allow for much user-defined-input.  So, I'm wondering if, for the type of user-defined information I need to present, is it better to go with a webcontrol like the RADGrid, rather than use Reporting?  Would the Reporting module be more geared toward say, allowing the user to view a canned-report of the "Top 50 transactions (cash-wise) during the last month"? 

    I guess I'm wondering what the Reporting module offers outside the RADControls suite, besides the many export features. 
  2. Rossen Hristov
    Rossen Hristov avatar
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    Posted 28 Dec 2007 Link to this post

    Hello Brad Perniciaro,

    Currently Telerik Reporting supports report parameters, which can be used to customize the report before it is generated. In this version it is up to the developer to create a GUI for assigning report parameters with values.

    But for one of the next versions we will provide automatic GUI generation based on defined parameters. In this way, you will only have to define the desired report parameters and your customers will be presented with a GUI to set whatever values they want, i.e. the last n records, a record with a certain date, etc.

    More on parameters can be found here.

    Sincerely yours,
    the Telerik team

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