I am looking into a Progress v.9 application for a company, and I want to upgrade to latest version of OpenEdge (11.6). They have lots of reports running in ReportBuilder.
The system is running on a windows 2003 server.
I want to put the client on a windows server 2008R2/2012 Termina Server, and the DB will run on a linux platform.
Is it possible to have the reports still run with ReportBuilder instans? If not, what would you think will be the easiest way to convert the reports? There are some images printed in the reports.
One of my clients is/was using ReportBuilder as well, and I helped them move to V11.1 (from Windows to Windows Server 2012R2).
You can continue to run the reportBuilder reports. However, you can not make any changes to them anymore, nor add new ones.
We did not find any decent, economical way to move to ANY reporting solution for V11! There are plenty of products that allow you to create great reports with drill-downs and all - but only in the browser, with no easy, real way of ensuring these reports actually can be printed. We decided to use pdf-include to design the few forms that we have, and go back in time 20 years to simple text-based, manually written ABL text-file reports. Terrible solution - but the only thing that seemed to work.
(PS: Just as I was starting to talk to Marian Edu about one of his tools (which might have been a solution) the client decided to scale down the operation that used this system - so we stopped investigating any further. But, maybe you can pick up with him where I left off...
At another client they used vpxPrint - a french product specifically (I think) for OpenEdge. I don't remember a visual designer for it, though, which made it not feasible as report-builder replacement.)
Good luck! And do post what you find... Thank you!
PPS: most of the "new" report tools are using SQL to get at the OpenEdge data, which seemed a rather flaky setup as you never know when it might hit one of those stupid SQL-length issues. But, you might find a workaround for that (running the sql-length fixer every 5 minutes or so?)... It's just a nuisance, and a real hassle to get a report working in the first place...
Well, Geir Otto… there was a session in Noordwijk about reporting that you should have attended maybe :)
The report builder runtime should still be there on OpenEdge 11.6.
I am not 100℅ sure, but it might be limited to 32bit.
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