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Report writer for integrating with asp.net applications

Report writer for integrating with asp.net applications

Report writer for integrating with asp.net applications

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All,

I have been looking lately at facilities for allowing data from a SQL Server database to be displayed within an asp.net application relatively easily, but with fairly good formatting abilities.  There are plenty around, ranging from using in built data aware controls such as grid view and details view, the Reporting addin for visual studio 2005 Express (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=D09C1D60-A13C-4479-9B91-9E8B9D835CDC&displaylang=en), to third party solutions including http://www.codeproject.com/KB/aspnet/LightWeight_ReportWriter.aspx and http://www.fyireporting.com/.

None give me combination of ease of use or control over formatting layout that I am used to.  I have also considered Crystal in visual studio pro but would want to be sure that was the right way to go before buying a license for the Professional version.

I have seen the article commenting on a range of .Net reporting tools at http://www.builderau.com.au/program/dotnet/soa/Simplify-report-creation-with-NET-s-various-reporting-options/0,339028399,339223302,00.htm but wondered if anybody else had any comments or suggestions.
The more I research available options, the more confused I get.

John
 

RE: Report writer for integrating with asp.net applications

Why not just use SSRS? IT comes with SQL Server and it is a very good reporting tool.

"NOTHING is more important in a database than integrity." ESquared
 

RE: Report writer for integrating with asp.net applications

(OP)
SQL Sister - SSRS had crossed my mind, but I would need to develop a custom authentication mechanism to authenticate using LDAP, as I work in a Novell eDirectory based environment rather than Active Directory.
Having said that I will start looking to see how easy this would be.

John

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