Crystal Reports and Lotus Notes 8.02

I am looking for pointers on how best to intergrate Crystal Reports with the Lotus Notes Client.

I am wanting to intergrate Crytal Reports 2008 with Lotus Notes v8 so that all the reporting functions of the Lotus Notes Application I have developed are delivered by Crystal.

I have read resources that talk about Launching the application in an active x control but i am looking for a more intergrated user experience if there is one avaliable.

Does anybody know whether this could be achieved in a composite application using version 8?
RBCHARNLEYAsked:
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mbonaciCommented:
1) Yes, it is possible to build an Eclipse component which will be one part of composite application and make use of CR Java API.

2) No problem there.

3) Open Designer Help in your Notes client, go to Contents and locate "Composite Applications - Design and Management" section.
That's where composite apps are described in detail...

There you can also find an example you asked for. There is a sub- section called "Example 1 - Simple composite application creation using Lotus Notes components"


Hope this helps,
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mbonaciCommented:
Read about designing components for Lotus composite applications, in particular Eclipse components development:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/domhelp/v8r0/topic/com.ibm.help.domino.designer85.doc/DOC/H_BUILD_ECLIPSE_COMPONENTS.html

That component will be your Java part, that will act as an intermediary between standard Lotus Notes design elements and Crystal reports.

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RBCHARNLEYAuthor Commented:
I think you are confirming a solution wanted back up on - hence why I posted this question.

Are you saying it is possible to build a eclipse component which has crystal reports functionality and then wire that up in a composite application which runs in the notes client?

Is there any problems with having the eclipse component using the lotus notes database it is running with on as one of its datasources for reporting?

Can you point me to a sample notes/eclipse solution that runs in this way - not nessecarily with Crystal just as a proof of concept?
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RBCHARNLEYAuthor Commented:
Great pointer on the example. I really think we are spoiled for inline help as notes devleopers for the most part.

Final question before I close this. With Crystal Reports for eclipse you can create interactive flash based reporting dashboards.

Is there any reason why these couldn't run from inside the Lotus Notes Client. Does the client work with the flash plugin?

Many Thanks,
Richard.
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mbonaciCommented:
As far as I know, flash can be played inside browser (if the browser supports flash or has flash plug-in), inside Flash Player (Adobe) or it can be wrapped in executable file (e.g. exe in Windows) and played stand-alone.

The client for Notes application can be Notes client (also called fat client) or web browser.
Notes client doesn't have flash plug-in.


Hope this helps,
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RBCHARNLEYAuthor Commented:
Thanks I'll just have to try this and see what happens re: flash
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mbonaciCommented:
Why B?
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RBCHARNLEYAuthor Commented:
Honestly, now you ask I don't know, just hard to impress. Can I change it?
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mbonaciCommented:
You can change it, ask zone advisor if you don't know how.
Thanks for correcting yourself, most people would argue...
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