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SQL Server Reporting Service - Report Viewer Control version madness

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    figuerres

    I do not know why but it seems like every version of the Windows Forms control only works with one version of the server. no backward compatibility.  and to make it worse .net 4.0 / VS 2010 will not even allow use of the older controls if you need to connect to an older report server!

    what i had to do the other day after much trial and error is create a dll that uses the old control and the 3.5 framework and then call that dll from a framework V4 app.

    i had to use VS 2008 to even create the dll project!

    I know they want us to upgrade but this is nuts!!!  yet another thing that is making me have more questions about the use of MS tools and Tech ....  MS wake up and see that you are losing developers and customers the more you do this.

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    Maddus Mattus

    @figuerres:

    I feel your pain,..

    Is using an Internet Explorer component an option?

    Or just fire an webservice call from a custom created form?

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    figuerres

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    @figuerres:

    I feel your pain,..

    Is using an Internet Explorer component an option?

    Or just fire an webservice call from a custom created form?

    no ...  had to do what i did in this case.

    just wish they would have made the 2010 client control aple to talk to the prior versions.

    i cant see any technical reason why they could not have done that and made things a lot simpler for the app developer.

    it might have made the control file size larger but come on....

     

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    JoshRoss

    Dare I suggest CrystalReports?

    -Josh

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    davewill

    @JoshRoss: You're past "steaming pile" reference immediately came to mind Smiley

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    kettch

    @JoshRoss: Somewhere a kitten just died. I hope you are happy.

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    figuerres

    , JoshRoss wrote

    Dare I suggest CrystalReports?

    -Josh

     

    funny... i used to like CR back in the day ...

    about 9 years back i found a really simple but ugly bug in the CR for IIS / ASP.NET and spoke with support about it, the company I worked for at the time had the developer subscription package and the rep from CR said in so many words "pay us about $25,000 and we will fix this"  that was the last time we paid them a dime at that company.... and found other ways to handle web reports.

    the MS server works well so far but the client has been a problem both web and windows.... but to be fair i have not been able to really test the newest versions cause we have large server installs with server 2005 and no buget to upgrade them at this time.

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    JoshRoss

    @davewill: Yes, yes, yes. It's a big pile of crap-- that happens to open reports that I've written fourteen years ago. Who knows.

    From the way-back-machine;

    Even though Crystal Reports is a big pile of steaming crap, it is easy to do easy things with. I think that having been sold and purchased by a bunch of different companies has taken a real toll on the quality of the product. There is a huge legacy codebase that has to be maintained and that makes it very difficult to improve the core product in any meaningful way.
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    figuerres

    , JoshRoss wrote

    @davewill: Yes, yes, yes. It's a big pile of crap-- that happens to open reports that I've written fourteen years ago. Who knows.

    From the way-back-machine;

    *snip*

    yeah it was passed around like "hot potato"  each one that got it seemed to be only too happy to get rid of it, possibly they saw how rotten it was and hated the smell .... LOL 

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    Maddus Mattus

    @figuerres: Have you tried posting this question in the Microsoft forums? Theyre be clever people down there.

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    figuerres

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    @figuerres: Have you tried posting this question in the Microsoft forums? Theyre be clever people down there.

    yes, and the reply was from a MSFT staff who wasno help at all, told me that the server versions are different and about local mode....  like hey you clown i probably know more than you about how it works....  i started with  SQL Server 6.5 and used SQLRS for Server 2000 and back then i wrote a server based printing service....  in the first release there was no client printing from the web for reports. so i wrote a way to print them from a server .... using the RS api's

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