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VB 6 datareports, search, navigate  and toolbar functions

Posted on 2004-05-01
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I have created a report in VB6 using VB's datareport designer. I am converting reports from Crystal due to various deployment issues with Crystal. There are two functions which I had with the Crystal versions that I cannot do now.


1) Some reports are very long. I would like the user to be able to search for desired text  when viewing the report -after- the report is created.

2) I would like to move the paging control which automatically appears at the bottom of the form to the top.

Are either of these possible with VB's datareport?

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by:Éric Moreau
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It is really not a good idea to convert to DataReport. It doesn't have half the features CR has.

You better fix your deployment issues or use another report engine (see www.datadynamics.com)
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I can live without the features. Does it have any known bugs of serious consequence?

I have to deploy to all kinds of unknown platforms/configurations and have run into several issues already where crystal and microsoft products are not compatible with each other under this or that version/circumstance and I cannot anticipate and test for all that may pop up. Am not in any position to dictate to the customer about what he ought to have.

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Éric Moreau earned 500 total points
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You are looking for a search feature and the DataReport doesn't have it.

There are no sub-report.

There is no column style.

I hope you have at least SP4 for VB6 which fixed a bud about printing landscape.
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Up to date on service packs.

Considering upgrade to .net. How big a deal to convert a vb6 application? Does it have better  datareport?
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VS.Net 2003 has a new version of Crystal Reports which is great and easier to deploy.

I don't recommend converting a complete application from VB6 to .Net. I suggest a rewrite because a conversion using the tool provided doesn't use the new controls and the new language features like OO.
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