Great article. You mention source control, since the report files (*.rpt) are binaries what source control do you use? We have been using Subversion but the company has just moved to Git and Git doesn't play well with binaries ie merging
We use TFS for all of our source control, including binaries. I'm not overly familiar with SVN and Git, but I've heard of the difficulties w/ merging. You can also use SkyDrive/DropBox as well, e.g. your repo is in your SkyDrive acct, fork it to local drive, and your commits are essentially just replacing the existing files w/ the new ones.
Yea another area that frustrates me to no end is when I have to optimize a query someone built using a query builder. I'll hear someone complain that SQL should never have to be written in a text editor, then they'll come to me with some garbage statement that's killing the server that they can't get optimized. I take it and either make it work or re-write it. Oh well, it's a paycheck.
Though it hasn't been necessary for me to wear the CR hairshirt for a few (glorious) years, I feel your pain and appreciate your insight. I never got over the nagging feeling that the designer was a collective of parts (I hesitate to call them modules) that didn't want to work together - like conjoined twins with independent limb syndrome. Thanks for sharing your hard-won experience.
Thanks! I completely agree with the designer comment; it feels fragmented at best. I first started in CR before I was a dev, so I had no idea about sites like CP, so aside from one book I purchased, it's been lots of trial and error to come to some best practices (at least my version of them, anyway ). Congrats to your hopefully extended sabbatical from the CR world.
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