Previewing v2009 vol 1: Reporting

03 March 2009

Sort and Group Panel

In this release, we're introducing the Group and Sort Panel, which makes it easier to apply grouping and sorting to your report. You no longer need to manually add group header and footer bands, invoke their Group Fields editor dialog, create grouping fields and define their properties. This entire process can now be completed by a couple of clicks in our new panel.

group and sort panel

Minor Improvements

We've implemented a few minor improvements from customer suggestions and requests:

  • It is now possible to perform custom calculations within a calculated field. No longer are you restricted by the built-in functions and operators, but instead you can perform calculations to any level of complexity in the newly introduced CalculatedField.GetValue event.
  • In previous versions, there was some ambiguity in designing reports when using an array of objects in an ITypedList data source: any child objects that were not contained in collections were ignored by the Field List. So, the child object would appear as a single property of the parent, but the child object's own properties weren't shown in the Field List. In order to show the child objects along with their properties, customers using ORM systems (for example our XPO product) had to create a collection with a single child object associated with that parent object's property. From v2009.1, the parent/child objects are now displayed correctly, even if the child objects are not collections. So, it's now possible to show 1:1 related objects in reports.

  • A new localization improvement removes the discrepancy between how a property is named in the End-User Designer's Property Grid and in the Smart Tag. Their display names now coincide.
  • With this new release, exporting is carried out using postbacks only in ASP.NET. This is a more reliable approach when compared with the callback algorithm used before, and avoids various problems when exporting a report on the client side using the different web browsers.
11 comment(s)
Kerry Francis

Images are not showing for your last posts.  Please fix.  Thanks!

3 March, 2009
Geoff Davis


3 March, 2009
Alex Boston

Where is the image

3 March, 2009
Julius Jackson

Can't be sure without something hands-on (or at least an image), but I have to wonder if we could *possibly* create a "vertically-merged cell" table with these group panels...

3 March, 2009
Boris Bosnjak

Can't see the images in any of these recent Preview posts...

3 March, 2009
Julian Bucknall (DevExpress)

All: Newbie mistake, which I didn't spot since I was connected to the internal VPN when I looked at the resulting posts. Fixed now.

Cheers, Julian

3 March, 2009

nice feature.. thanks devex..

3 March, 2009
Greffith Ponce

I hope I can still get 9.1 within my subscription period. If not, I will be forced to find dollars to renew it.

4 March, 2009
Julio Delgado_1

Thanks nice features it will make the report development a lot easier.

4 March, 2009
ML IT Partners

Good! Nice feature. I am waiting for the new release ... :)

5 March, 2009
Rinaldo Ferreira Junior

Are there any improvements on importing reports from Crystal Reports in the new release? We have a large set of Crystal files that we want to export to Dev, but we are not sure if all the features we have in these reports are available on the Dev reports suite.

Is there any KB or article comparing the Dev reports suite with Crystal?


5 March, 2009

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