Hi Oracle Experts,
I have a question about the use of Oracle Reports in combination with an Oracle Forms application.
In another topic on this forum I asked a question about a Forms program that has been developed for my company and where the developer used ms-word (using a Dos batch) to print the documents (mainly invoices, packing coupons, that kind of stuff) from this application. Some of you experts told me that this is a low quality solution because Oracle Forms seamlessly integrates with Oracle Reports.
We asked the developer to change his ms-word printing solution in an Oracle Reports printing solution. This developer however states that this is very unwise because Oracle Reports is mend to produce complex reports, and that it is overkill to use it for printing invoices, packing coupons, etc. He told us he should rewrite his application completely. Also, he was very annoyed (he asked us what kind of "experts" dare to twist with is solutions...!?).
I myself don't know Oracle Reports, so I cannot judge his statement. I've done these things before in a Delphi/SQL Server application using Crystal Reports, a perfect combination. I think the ms-word printing solution is a poor solution, even for printing invoices I guess.
Can you experts give me you opinion about this Oracle Reports question? Should this developer best use Oracle Reports, perhaps Crystal Reports, or is ms-word all right (I doubt)? If Oracle Reports is the best solution here, what are the arguments?
Thanks for any comment.