We have two new whitepapers posted to the MSDN Library online focusing on the enhanced reporting system in Visual FoxPro 9.0, both authored by VFP MVP Cathy Pountney totaling 136 printed page.
Whitepaper #1: What’s New in the Visual FoxPro 9.0 Report Writer.
Summary: Learn about the new features in the Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0 Report Writer, including the new reusable data environments, report protection, and several user interface enhancements. You will also learn about enhancements to layout objects, improvements for international users, several printing enhancements, and enhancements to data groups. In addition, you will learn about two of the best improvements to the Visual FoxPro (VFP) 9.0 Report Writer: multiple-detail bands and extensibility. Finally, you will learn details of the Visual FoxPro report (FRX) structure. (63 printed pages)
Whitepaper #2: Visual FoxPro 9.0 Report Writer In Action.
Summary: In response to customer feedback, Microsoft has significantly improved the Report Writer in VFP 9.0. One of the main improvements is extensibility, which provides hooks into the Report Designer and control over output mechanisms, such as previewing and printing. This article shows how to tap into these hooks and use them to your advantage. My goal is to show lots of inventive things to do and to get your mind thinking along a creative track so you can come up with even more ideas. Another main feature added to the product is the ability to run multiple-detail band reports natively. This article explains several examples of using multiple-detail band reports. Some of these are straightforward and some of these solve common situations that were very difficult prior to the VFP 9.0 Report Writer. (73 printed pages)