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For an association, I am looking for free reporting tools working as stand-alone.

I am already evaluating BR at http://www.ariacom.com/
unfortunatly the Web version does not seem to be free...

Somebody have an experience of this tool ?

is there other products meeting this requirement ?

Thanks in advance.
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by:mlmcc
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What database are they using?

What kinds of reports do you want to have?

Do they have VB?  Do they have MS Office?

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by:danidupriez
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We have an MS Access Db
we do not have VB...
We would like dynamic reporting published on the Web (on an MS IIS Server): search of persons, etc...
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You can do all the reporting your little heart desires for FREE. All you need to know is a little bit of web design, a little ASP (since you're on IIS) and a lot of SQL (which you probably already know if you're doing reporting).  I would suggest using Dreamweaver MX to help you with all of the ASP stuff! Happy reporting.
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For free, you're going to have to get your hands dirty with a little code.  (for alternatives, read to the end) One of the easiest web-programming tools to learn these days is PHP.  I know, there are many different opinions out there, but this language is extremely easy to pick up and is free to use on IIS.  It installs in a matter of minutes and supports Access and other databases out of the box.

For IIS and Access, the easiest way to get started is to go here:
http://www.php.net/downloads.php
and download the PHP 4.3.x installer [1,043Kb].

There is a more complex one that has some additional bells and whistles, but they're not necessary for simple reporting.

A very simple tutorial can be found here: http://us4.php.net/tut.php

Here is a quick tutorial on using Access with PHP: http://phpbuilder.com/columns/siddarth20000228.php3

And here is another tutorial that will help you to get started:  http://www.devshed.com/c/a/PHP/PHP-101-Part-1--Secret-Agent-Man/

All said and told, you can get a basic reporting solution working in about half a day.

If you can't afford to learn any programming, the next best solution would be to use a tool such ad MS Office or OpenOffice.org to periodically generate reports for you (once an hour or something similar)

Hope this helps,
Matt Nuzum
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