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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Report Services will result in a dramatic productivity increase 

The most useful thing that I have seen so far is the new "Reporting Services". MS has introduced a server based reporting system that will probably wipe out all the competition, including Crystal Reports. They have produced a server based solution that allows you to develop reports in Visual Studio and deploy them to a web server. From the server they can be access from a straight URL or as a Web Service in a variety of formats including HTML, Word, Excel, PDF. The report designer looked very powerful and generated a declarative XML report definition in "Report Definition Language" RDL . Things that are taking me days to do in XSLT can now be done in less than an hour.

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