.NET Core

Posted by: mark.hodgson on 26 July 2019, 12:53 am EST

  • Posted 26 July 2019, 12:53 am EST

    I've seen examples suggesting how to run reports in a Framework project and call them separately from your Core app.

    Most of our projects that contain reports that do not use SQL data sources, rather they use a tree (or graph) of objects (what you might once have called a tree of business objects) and it's useful for us for the reporting to be in the SAME project with the web API, objects and associated object repositories etc. so they can share code. We genrally producve PDFs on the server - so Javascript viewers that are not reliant on .Net Framework are of little use.

    Using .NET Core presents a problem since AR is a Framework library.

    The next version of .NET Core will skip version 4 and drop the "core" moniker to become simply .NET 5. So it seems that the .NET Framework is being driven into the sidings, destined to be deprecated or at least merely maintained and not actively developed. More and more developers will be leaving the old Framework behind.

    So where does this leave Active Reports?

    Our company pays a lot of money in annual support for AR and it seems a bit of a raw deal while the tools we're paying for slip slowly into irrelevance...

    So, do you have imminent plans to implement Active Reports for .net Core?

    I've looked at some of the code for Active Reports and it looks pretty dated these days - which is surprising given the high version number. Could it be that people like us are just paying a high fee for you to recompile and re-package the same old faithful reporting code each time there's a new version of Visual Studio? Sounds like money for old rope.
  • Replied 28 July 2019, 5:54 pm EST

    Hello Mark,

    Support for Asp.Net core is scheduled to release in our next release i.e AR14. AR14 will also support the desktop pack of .Net core. However, Section Report will only support desktop pack of .Net Core, not Asp.Net Core.

    Thanks for your valuable feedback. I have forwarded this to our product team and will inform you once I get any reply from them.

    Also, there are many features which introduce in AR13 along with VS2019 support:
    1) Web Designer: You can embed Web Designer into any web application to create and edit reports effortlessly.
    2) JS Viewer: A new generation viewer which is built on JavaScript library
    3) DV Chart: A new Chart control that provides ease of data visualization through encodings
    and many more...
    You can refer to the following documentation link to find more information about new changes in AR13

    Please feel free to revert back if you still have some question regarding this. I am more than happy to help you.

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    Replied 29 July 2019, 2:38 am EST

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for voicing your concern. However, you can rest assured that we are, and have been, continuously developing ActiveReports to meet our customers' and market demands. Regarding the code remaining the same, we try our best to keep the API similar to minimize any learning curve for our users. I hope that has been case for you.

    As Mohit mentioned, we are planning major features in the coming release of AR14, with .NET Core and .Net Core 3 support being part of them. I will also clarify that, while Section Report support will not be available in .NET Core in AR14, we are looking to include them in the following release of AR.
  • Replied 17 December 2019, 2:55 pm EST


    I am glad to tell you that AR14 is release now which includes the supports of .Net core. For more information , you can refer the following link:

    Also, you can download the trial version of AR14 from the following link:

  • Replied 1 April 2020, 4:55 am EST

    We are running into some similar challenges with .net core and was curious if there was an estimated timeline for support of .Net Core in section reports outside of the desktop pack of .Net Core Thanks
  • Replied 1 April 2020, 6:38 pm EST


    Currently, there is no estimated timeline for this. Support of section report in asp.net core will include in AR15/AR16.

    Sorry for the inconvenience caused to you.

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