Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET
I'd like to know if anyone in this forum has experience with Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET.
If your backend is SQL Server, how about SQL Server Reporting Services?
Thanks for the advice.
My last project (7 months) was in Crystal Repprts and it's a pain in you know what.
We've been very happily using ActiveReports.NET for the last year or so.
As recommended I searched the forum for the word "crystal", read all the posts and I did not find a single concrete "horror story" about Crystal Reports.
I have used Crystal Reports for years. Yes it has it warts and quirks (what doesn't) but definitely no "horrors". Overall it is a fairly nice reporting engine esp. since 8.5
The SQL Reporting looks interesting - we're playing with the Beta at the moment http://www.microsoft.com/sql/evaluation/betanominations.asp. One thing is, that it's a server-based system. You write reports using a nice designer in VS.NET, which are saved as ".rdl" XML files. You then upload them to the Report Server and can then get them to render as HTML, CSV, XML, PDF, XLS etc on a schedule (and get them emailed) -- or on demand by just crafting a URL to the server (e.g. http://server/reportserver?/MyReport&rs:Format=PDF&rs:Command=Render ), or by calling a WebService (you get a byte array back). Haven't really dug into the report designer too much, but it's intuitive enough -- I just hope we don't find it too simplistic when we dig into it more.
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