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Reports Revisited

More Versatility With Built-in Tools

Issue: 16.5 (September/October 2018)
Author: Ulrich Bogun and Martin Trippensee
Author Bio: Ulrich Bogun is the German developer evangelist for Xojo. After more than 20 years in design/prepress where he runs his own company, Xojo opened for him the world of programming six years ago. He likes to share results of his work by extending his free declare libraries for macOS, iOS, and RaspPi. He maintains the (German) xojoblog.me site. Martin Trippensee is a Xojo programmer for seven years. He is the creator of the Xojo StackView module, an cross-platform Desktop control written in pure Xojo. He claims to have been studying Xojo with Ulrich Bogun at the Apple Messages University.
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There is a good reason Bkeeney Shorts was one of this year's Xojo Design Awards winners: Xojo's reporting capabilities are rather limited and once you need a design beyond the basic, you have to use another solution.

But is that the only way? Not necessarily. Today we are presenting a few ways to make the built-in Report Designer a bit more versatile.

Xojo's Reporting Engine

A typical Xojo report might look like Figure 1:

There's a page header and a footer, both of which will appear on every page. So they are the place to contain a company logo, the print date, page number, and whatever other data you want on every page.

The human analogy continues with the body section which is the only section that can be repeated a number of times until either page footer or a group change will interrupt its sequence.

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