Alaska Software Inc. - Native Alaska report generator
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piko kokoNative Alaska report generator
on Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:46:37 +0100
Hello,

I browse through various news threads and advertising material for Alaska Xbase 2.0.
I don't see any information about the tools and possibilities to generate various printouts.
What are the options for building reports and their export, e.g. to PDF, XLSX, DOCX, XML, etc.
Can anyone comment on this?
Does Alaska have a built-in graphical report generator?
If not - what generators do you use?
Thank you in advance and best regards

Peter
Peter AlderliestenRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:13:25 +0100
> I browse through various news threads and advertising material for Alaska Xbase 2.0.
> I don't see any information about the tools and possibilities to generate various printouts.
> Does Alaska have a built-in graphical report generator?

There are no build-in tools in Xbase++ for generating reports.

> What are the options for building reports and their export, e.g. to PDF, XLSX, DOCX, XML, etc.
> Does Alaska have a built-in graphical report generator?
> If not - what generators do you use?

Personally I am using List&Label (from Combit).
It comes with a graphical report designer and has various export
facilities.
For basic reports it's a relatively easy tool to use.
You have to dive into it for more complex report layouts.

It serves me well.

Peter
Matej JuracRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:10:29 +0100
Second to L&L . It is about only client side report generator still 
actively developed for Xbase.

If you do Express++ you can print reports too, but it is all code, 
output is decent.


If you switch to open source side though, then options are limitless, 
but you will need some rethinking on how you do reporting and printing + 
some syncing of DBF data to SQL as this is what most of those tools require.

Peter Alderliesten je 14.1.2021 ob 16:13 napisal:
> 
>> I browse through various news threads and advertising material for Alaska Xbase 2.0.
>> I don't see any information about the tools and possibilities to generate various printouts.
>> Does Alaska have a built-in graphical report generator?
> 
> There are no build-in tools in Xbase++ for generating reports.
> 
>> What are the options for building reports and their export, e.g. to PDF, XLSX, DOCX, XML, etc.
>> Does Alaska have a built-in graphical report generator?
>> If not - what generators do you use?
> 
> Personally I am using List&Label (from Combit).
> It comes with a graphical report designer and has various export
> facilities.
> For basic reports it's a relatively easy tool to use.
> You have to dive into it for more complex report layouts.
> 
> It serves me well.
> 
> Peter
>
Jim LeeRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:28:21 +0100
hi,

as Xbase++ is a Commercial Produkt most Answer only "know" other Commercial 
Produkt.
but you can use every Product that understand xBase

for a "native" (= Source Code) Product you have to search under Open-Source
piko kokoRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Sat, 16 Jan 2021 15:18:13 +0100
Jim Lee wrote in message news:40d4b9c5$1b22bb7f$9730@news.alaska-software.com...
>hi,
>
>as Xbase++ is a Commercial Produkt most Answer only "know" other Commercial 
>Produkt.
>but you can use every Product that understand xBase
>
>for a "native" (= Source Code) Product you have to search under Open-Source

I am currently using Alaska 1.92 together with SqlExpress and a Fastreport generator.
The problem is that Fastreport for Alaska is no longer supported.
I would like to change my environment to Alaska 2.0 but this purchase does not guarantee me any built-in report generator.
That's why I ask if Alaska 2.0 has any report generator, because the manufacturer does not boast about this topic, so I suspect that there is nothing like this.
I will ask otherwise, if Alaska 2.0 does not have such a tool, what other libraries do you use?

Peter
Matej JuracRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Mon, 18 Jan 2021 07:18:54 +0100
You can use Fastrep with xbase 2.x except, that for memo fields you will 
have to change code so that text is stored either in text-files or a 
simple xbase callback function that returns string of that field. It is 
due to api changes.

Can confirm it works.

afaik author of fastreport passed away decade ago



piko koko je 16.1.2021 ob 15:18 napisal:
> Jim Lee wrote in message news:40d4b9c5$1b22bb7f$9730@news.alaska-software.com...
>> hi,
>>
>> as Xbase++ is a Commercial Produkt most Answer only "know" other Commercial
>> Produkt.
>> but you can use every Product that understand xBase
>>
>> for a "native" (= Source Code) Product you have to search under Open-Source
> 
> I am currently using Alaska 1.92 together with SqlExpress and a Fastreport generator.
> The problem is that Fastreport for Alaska is no longer supported.
> I would like to change my environment to Alaska 2.0 but this purchase does not guarantee me any built-in report generator.
> That's why I ask if Alaska 2.0 has any report generator, because the manufacturer does not boast about this topic, so I suspect that there is nothing like this.
> I will ask otherwise, if Alaska 2.0 does not have such a tool, what other libraries do you use?
> 
> Peter
>
Anand GuptaRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:18:23 +0100
piko koko wrote in message news:7be1ec1b$288317f6$d854@news.alaska-software.com...
>Jim Lee wrote in message news:40d4b9c5$1b22bb7f$9730@news.alaska-software.com...
>>hi,
>>
>>as Xbase++ is a Commercial Produkt most Answer only "know" other Commercial 
>>Produkt.
>>but you can use every Product that understand xBase
>>
>>for a "native" (= Source Code) Product you have to search under Open-Source
>
>I am currently using Alaska 1.92 together with SqlExpress and a Fastreport generator.
>The problem is that Fastreport for Alaska is no longer supported.
>I would like to change my environment to Alaska 2.0 but this purchase does not guarantee me any built-in report generator.
>That's why I ask if Alaska 2.0 has any report generator, because the manufacturer does not boast about this topic, so I suspect that there is nothing like this.
>I will ask otherwise, if Alaska 2.0 does not have such a tool, what other libraries do you use?
>
>Peter

I also feel the same for Alaska 2.0 and was expecting a report designer from Alaska Team now. I hoped they can also make the FastReport from .Net as the last author did, alas he passed away.

What is other open source options which member here are using ? Any link ?

Regards,

Anand
Jim LeeRe: Native Alaska report generator
on Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:25:46 +0100
hi,

> I also feel the same for Alaska 2.0 and was expecting a report designer
> from Alaska Team now.

Xmas is over 

> I hoped they can also make the FastReport from .Net as the last author
> did, alas he passed away.

FastReport  & FRAX are based on Delphi.
Xbase++ User pay for "Wrapper" to use it

Dot Net is a different Framework and "only" for Windows OS

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there is a German Product called List & Label which include DLL "Wrapper"
and activeX you can also use it with "C" and other xBase Dialect like xSharp 
or harbour