Re: Opinion needed: Crystal Reports vs. anything else vs. One's own implementation

Discussion in 'ASP .Net' started by Norman, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. Norman

    Norman Guest

    Here's a great alternative to ActiveReports:

    "LP" <> wrote in message
    > Hi,
    > I will be taking on a new project developing a web-based "reporting
    > system".
    > The first requirement I got from BI group is "we just want to look at the
    > data". Basically, there is a huge database, and they want certain people
    > to
    > be able to drill down to the data they want, perhaps a few graphs here and
    > there, and then extract selected data to an Excel file or a flat file for
    > further analysis. As of now there are a handful of parameters that they
    > want
    > to filter on.
    > My question is for something straight forward as this, is it worth going
    > into Crystal or any other reporting tool? I never had a good experience
    > with
    > Crystal; and their export to Excel option in .NET version renders an excel
    > file useless for any further data analysis (it does bunch of cell merges
    > and
    > who knows what else). Is there any other reporting tool easy to use and
    > program against that can accomplish these requirements (especially export
    > to
    > Excel feature). Or should I just develop my own web application with
    > DataGrids and some charting components? I would really appreciate to hear
    > your opinions.
    > Thank you in advance.
    Norman, Feb 14, 2005
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