I need some advice on whether FlexReport is ready for "real"
I've already taken a look at it some, and other than it being
a pain to setup and rather slow, I think it may work well enough.
But I want to get some 3rd party opinions on others who have used
it-- or, what other solutions have you come up with? Are most
people just using 3rd party tools like Oracle BI Publisher or
Crystal Reports, resorting to that primitive "HTML round-trip"
stuff? ^_^ Is everyone using Flex to build all of their reports?
That could be time consuming depending on your requirements.
I also would like to provide users with report building
capabilities. I know reporting is complex, but has anyone done
anything similiar or had any experience creating a report builder
in Flex? Something like ClearBI (but simpler) would be great.
(Unfortunately ClearBI has no user base, no support, no community,
extremely restrictive setup requirements, is almost impossible to
setup and get working, isn't cheap (considering what you're
getting), and seems like a VERY risky choice for reporting.)
As a side rant...
Flex is not going to take off in an "enterprise environment"
as Adobe seems to be claiming it is ready for, until we can do
reporting natively in the swf app, without a ton of issues and work
to do. I don't care whether it's built into Flex, created
separately by Adobe, or built by a third party, but a real solution
is going to be needed very soon, before something like Silverlight
exploits this weakness. FlexReport won't be this solution no matter
how good it gets, because it's scope isn't large enough. Users need
to be able to create their own reports using the reporting