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PITTSBURGH, PA - June 4, 2014 - ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity and the largest component solution provider in the Microsoft Visual Studio Partner Ecosystem, was recognized in the June 2014 issue of BZ Media’s SD Times as a 12-Time-All Star for the SD Times 100 awards. The SD Times 100 (http://sdt.bz/71295) is an annual awards program that represents the leaders of the software development industry.
With the launch of ActiveReports 8, a cool feature was added to the long list of features offered by it. This is the HTML5 Viewer which meets the demands of the developers who want to have a pure client side component that can be used in web applications to preview reports. The documentation provides the complete list of API available for the HTML5 viewer and can be checked here.
Self-service analytics has caught on in the enterprise like wildfire, with more organizations deploying end-user reporting tools designed to maximize the number of company data crunchers. The myriad potential benefits of this approach include a more productive workforce, enhanced customer engagement strategies and much-improved internal management capacity. However, success all hinges on the application portfolio and its power to enable end users to distill data. An increasing number of organizations are adopting enterprise applications - 79 percent have implemented or are considering deploying business software, according to Tech Pro Research. Enterprise end-user utilization of apps and analytics software will have a direct impact on productivity and the bottom line. This obviously puts pressure on programmers to change up their approach to application development. The self-service end user is a far cry from the trained data statistician, not only in terms of skill set but in light of the ways they develop and apply insights. A changing paradigm
To help make better enterprises cases and improve the decision-making process, data visualizations should be established carefully, leveraging certain best practices.
Nearly every business today uses spreadsheets for one function or another. Whether its for employee tracking purposes, to organize financial information or what have you, spreadsheets are not going anywhere anytime soon.However, sometimes it is difficult to utilize a spreadsheet to illustrate a business case or present informational trends. In these cases, it is typically more impactful to leverage a data visualization - not only for improved effectiveness, but also to foster better understanding of the content being shown.In these respects, not all data visualizations are created equally. Some visuals are more useful than others for presenting specific types of information. To help make better enterprises cases and improve the decision-making process, data visualizations should be established carefully, leveraging the following best practices:Break down complex content
ActiveReports has been the first choice of developers when it comes to creating hassle free and versatile reports. The extensive API of ActiveReports allows Visual Basic and C# developers to completely control the report processing engine to fit their needs.
In the introduction to multi-tenant reporting, we discussed how ActiveReports Server uses a security provider and security filters to implement custom authentication when you deploy self-service reporting in multi-tenant environments. These are environments in which multiple clients, such as multiple companies, each with its own group of employees, share a single application with access to only their information. This is very common in SaaS applications that need to add reporting.
While implementing ad hoc, self-service reporting in a multi-tenant environment, we aim to restrict access to underlying data from the database based on the organization (“tenant”) of the user who is logged into the system. This is a typical deployment scenario for Web-based solutions catering to multiple customers, each of whom has individual sets of data. There are many forms of multi-tenancy and the implementation varies by case depending on a number of factors. These architectures vary in degrees of data isolation from an extreme of completely isolated databases, where each tenant has their own copy of data, to shared databases where tenants share the same tables and data is associated with a tenant using a tenant identifier.
Users of ActiveReports would surely agree to the fact that ActiveReports has been a revolution in terms of customizable Reporting component. ActiveReports in conjunction with default .NET libraries has been developer's delight irrespective of the domain whether it is Windows development, ASP.NET, WPF or be it Silverlight.
The current iteration of the Adobe Flash player plugin (22.214.171.124) has a known conflict with ActiveReports 8 Server. The error occurs in both Firefox and Safari with this version of Adobe Flash when opening a report in design mode and selecting a table or chart control from the report page. Flash will then display an alert for error 2014 – Feature is not available at this time.
In a recent London exhibit, data reporting tools took center stage as viewers learned about how the technology has progressed from its original state to how it's used today.
By using the best tools, staff be able to parse data and present it in a compelling way that will create an impression and help make more cognizant choices for essential company processes.
The quality of a website is not only judged by how well the website works but how gracefully it fails. When there is an error with ActiveReports it displays the error ( a stack trace ) in the web viewer in an alert box style box but leaves you as the developer limited in how you can handle the error or log the error. It is important to point out that an "Error" needs to be handled in different ways. We need to let the user know that there is a problem but we don't want to inform them via a stack dump. It is vice versa for the developers, they don't care that an error happened per se, but they are interested in what caused the error. Luckily we can completely customize the way we handle application errors in ActiveReports. Let's think of a scenario, you have a large website that integrates ActiveReports into it. Let's say our ActiveReports connects to a server to get its data. We, as developers, cannot be promised that the connection to our Database will always be valid, for many reasons outside our control. If our website loses connection to its database server, we don't want our Users to suffer from it by simply giving them a stack dump or a server error. We want to provide our users with ways to get assistance in resolving the issue. Also, we don't want our users knowing that there is an issue with the DB connection, we simply want to let them know that there is an issue and they can contact customer support to report the issue and get it resolved.