Issue: 8.1 (November/December 2009)
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It's been a pretty amazing year and a half since Real World 2008. During the conference, between sessions, and even in the after-hours events, I've had conversations with many REALbasic developers about the lack of reporting options for REALbasic. I've even lobbied every REAL Software employee that I could bend the ear of for a built-in reporting tool.
The community obviously thought it was a pretty important thing as well. In the 2008 Association of REALbasic Professionals "Wish List" Survey, it was the top rated wish among ARBP and non-ARBP survey takers alike. REAL Software was listening as well.
When I spoke at the REALbasic Summit in Boulder, Colorado in late September of this year, I was pleased to do an hour long session on nothing but reporting tools. Instead of just one, there are now several options! Here is a summary of what is available.
On-Target Reports (http://www.ontargetreports.com) was the only commercially available option a year and a half ago. This 'banded' report designer allows you to save your report templates to disk and use them in your REALbasic application. Many developers have been frustrated with On-Target in recent years, but a recent update and a push for better support makes On Target a reasonable choice.
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