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how to make printable reports on MySQL

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I and moving from ms/access to a generic environment so I selected MySQL as my future development database. MS/ACESS contains a pretty string report writing (as well as querying) facilities.

Is there any tool at a convenient const that I could use to develop (I am thinking that, for forms, I could use LiveCode that looks pretty cool
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Question by:João serras-pereira
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Koen Van Wielink earned 1000 total points
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What is the reason that you're moving away from MS Access? If it's because you need a better DB engine to handle larger quantities of data, you could still use your existing Access reports, but connect Access to your MySQL database rather than the Access database. That would save you the hassle of recoding your reports.
If you do need to shift to another tool, and assuming you're looking for a free, open source alternative, there are a number of options available. What I found on google:

- OpenReports
- Pentaho
- JasperReports
- BIRT

I'm sure there are many more out there, but these names come up regularly. Which one is best for you really depends a lot on your requirements. You mention LiveCode, but that seems to be an application development platform, not a reporting tool. So not sure what you're looking for.
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by:João serras-pereira
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I am moving out on MS/ACCESS for just the following reasons:

* Incompatible with Mac Intosh a number of my clients are raising eyebrows because they use Mac, want to keep it that way and really do not want to run a virtual computer and a special OS just for this (Microsoft want to keep the incompatibility - I reckon that they will have a problem)

* does not really support web based multi-user situations - we need to go to Visual Studio for that

* old reports will be kept under the windows framework. My DB/App work mainly consists of prototyping and doing just that with a convenient framework I can fast develop this also on a Mac... which I am going to buy


I'll take a look to what you found to check if I can migrate (for new applications) in a fast manner
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