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1217809 - Is the Report Designer Component supported in the .NET development environment?


Is the Crystal Report Designer Component (RDC) supported in the Microsoft Visual Studio (VS) .NET development environment?


The RDC is specifically designed around the COM technologies and is intended for use in the Visual Basic (VB) 6 development environment; therefore, it is not recommended, nor tested, for use in a .NET application.

This limits the support offering for the RDC in a .NET application; however, because COM is a supported technology in .NET, the RDC is known to function as expected in a .NET application. Microsoft supports COM in .NET through the use of COM Interop.

To support any issues encountered with the RDC in a .NET application, these issues need to be reproducible in a supported COM-based development tool (such as VB 6).

Business Objects strongly recommends that customers use the development components that have been designed and tested for .NET.

These are:

  • Crystal Reports for .NET
  • Report Application Server for .NET
  • Crystal Enterprise for .NET

These three newer components are designed to embed directly into the .NET development environment and take advantage of the newer .NET features.

See Also

More information on using the RDC in .NET can be found in the Using the Report Designer Component in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET document.


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