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Report Designer

As Microsoft determined LightSwitch as tool not only for developers, it would be very useful to have Report Designer and be able to make Report directly from LightSwitch.
This is one of the most wanted feature that non-evelopers need.

At the moment, making reports is bit of challenging and need a big efforts to be done.

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Thank you for taking the time to create this suggestion.

We carefully considered this suggestion, but given that there are already many options for creating reports, we have decided to decline this suggestion.

SQL Server Reporting Services can be used to create reports for a LightSwitch application. See instructions how to do this at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj635142.aspx. Alternatively, a blog post describing how to use Active Reports in LightSwitch is available at http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/3253/Creating-Multiple-Reports-in-a-Single-Project-Using-ActiveReports.aspx.

Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team


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  • Simon Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft's ReportBuilder tool is probably good enough for designing reports for most LightSwitch applications. (They can always be tidied up and extended with Visual Studio Pro/BIDS/SSDT.)

    What is required is a way to integrate the RDL reports it generates into a LightSwitch application with a Viewer control. Microsoft currently only have WinForms and a Web Report Viewer controls. We need one for Silverlight that can easily be integrated into LightSwitch.

  • Manuel Rivera commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I completly agree with these but also remember there are alternatives as DevExpress report designer for LS (US$ 99.99)

  • RKage commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Reporting capability is a very vital part of the LS system design and should be considered in the future releases.

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