Assigning a customer designer in VS2010
Posted on 2010-08-14
Hello experts, I am hoping someone will have a useful tip for my situation. We are looking to upgrade our VS2008 projects at work to VS2010 so take advantage of some of the new features and eventually transition to .Net 4.0.
We currently use DevExpress XtraReports for our reporting purposes but unfortunately the version we purchased is not compatible with VS2010 and due to some customizations we have made it is not realistic to upgrade to their 2010 version.
Is there a way to somehow assign a custom designer inside of VS2010 so that we could design the reports in VS2008 without having to break out our projects into multiple solutions? Obviously we could put the reports in their own solution and compile two separate solutions but this is a headache for many reasons I won't get into right now.
Ideally, we could keep one solution and somehow tell the IDE to design the reports in VS2008 when we need to. is there a way to do this? Or is there a "compatibility mode" or something similar that would allow us to design them as if we were in VS2008?
Any help or ideas are welcome, we're just hoping to not be stuck in VS2008 until we can finally upgrade our reporting engine. I'd offer extra points if they let me because this one could save us a lot of trouble.