In their Q1 release, telerik is including the first release of telerik Reporting. With my well-documented, love/hate relationship with Crystal Reports, I was definitely eager to see telerik’s implementation. Telerik is all about simplicity (of use) and design. So this first pass at Reporting has some really great mechanisms for formatting reports in a CSS-like manner, which I really like. Another big win for me over Crystal is that while Crystal has evolved into a .NET tool, telerik’s was designed in .NET. So you can interact with all of the controls in the report in the same manner as any other control in .NET.
Another benefit is the ease of using the reports in a winform or a webform. The only thing I know that is different is that the webforms don’t support multi-column reports.
While there are definitely some more complex things I can achieve in Crystal (and I have the scars to prove it) that I can’t yet do in this first version of telerik Reporting, I expect great things to come of this tool as we see it growing over future releases.
On top of all of this, I’m happy that I can actually copy and paste more than one control at a time.
There’s a lot more to see in there. Check out the download. You can also download the extensive help files.
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