Crystal Reports in Total Eclipse

Crystal Reports, which has been available as part of Microsoft Visual Studio for more than a decade, now provides a 100 percent Java version, which is fully integrated into the Eclipse IDE, said Tim Lang, vice president of developer programs at Business Objects SA.

The Eclipse release joins a number of IDEs with embedded versions of Crystal Reports including Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, IBM Rational Application Developer, BEA Workshop and Borland JBuilder, according to Business Objects.

A free copy of the basic edition of Crystal Reports for Eclipse version, intended for developers working on initial applications using a single server is available on Business Objects new Diamond Web site. Pricing for enterprise deployments begins at $495 per server.

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This is an interesting move for Business Objects as the Developer product, which allows developers to create embedded applications with .NET, Java, and RDC SDKs is $595 per developer. Alas, when you look past the hype, the Eclipse version of Crystal Reports has a number of limitations – see here for all the current issues:

* The Report Creation and Modification API for the Java Reporting Component are not exposed in this release.
* Reports cannot be used that access the following data sources:
o OLAP
o Reports may only be exported to PDF, RPT, CSV and RTF.
* The following capabilities are not supported in this release:

o       Report templates

o Geographic mapping
o Crystal Reports Repository
o Report alerts
o Dynamic prompts are not supported.
o Reports containing groups with the group sort option set to original order cannot be opened.

* The Crystal Reports Designer does not allow you to edit the same report in multiple windows at the same time. · Reports that contain a named group condition with fields other than the “group by” field will not be displayed properly in previous versions of the Crystal Reports Designer.