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A plug-in report generator

Sample Image - ReportCreator.gif

Introduction

Printing is a normal part of most applications, but far too convoluted for many developers. The amount of work necessary to add printing of lists and reports to an application often seems daunting, and there are many pitfalls. Here, I come to the aid, with a package containing a plug-in report generator working with template files, a SDI-demo, a plug-and-play report editor for the template files, as well as a demo of the latter. And documentation! The code is intended either for use as-is in your own applications, or as a CReportEditor as well.

ReportCreator also contains a ruler that can be ripped out and used with other CDiagramEditor-derived works. This is an exercise left to the reader, however.

The documentation contains docs on the package structure.

Using ReportCreator

ReportCreator is an editor for the report generator template files. It's first and foremost a vector editor, letting you draw fields on screen with all the features of CDiagramEditor, such as panning, zoom, multiple selects, and much, much more.

It allows you to work in pixels, centimeters or inches as is befitting for a printer-oriented application. The documentation contains detailed information.

Licenses

If you want to add the package(s) or parts of them into your own code - commercial or not, you are completely free to do so. The code comes with the TISATAAFL-license, There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch, and you are free to modify, rewrite, resell or do whatever you feel like with the code. You are explicitly allowed to remove my comments in the source and headers, replacing them with your own. You don't have to acknowledge me, neither in code, nor in documentation or the finished application if you should use the code in a commercial application.

History

6/5 2005

Initial version.

28/5 2005

First of all, a few bug corrections:

  • Fixed resource leak in CCornerBox::OnPaint in the report creator (alex_br).
  • Fixed silly line-thickness bug in draw object line thickness/brush creation (lordly).

As well as a few others that was removed as a spin-off from other modifications.

There are also quite a few changes:

  • Multi-template reports. A report can be composed from several templates, for example, a title page, several sections and a summary (Carsten Bøgh Poulsen).
  • Dynamic object access. Objects can be accessed at runtime, so attributes can be inspected and modified. Objects can also be added at runtime (Håkan Nilsson).
  • More special markers for fields and cells. [%bold%] and [%italic%] will make the field/cell bold or italic respectively. [%separator%], [%bold-separator%], [%double-separator%] will draw a thin line, a thick line or a double line across a row in a grid instead of data (Carsten Bøgh Poulsen).
  • Images can not only be set from files, but also from HBITMAPs and handles to DIBs (Alex Evans).
  • Templates can not only be added from file, but also with data from a CStringArray, a LPCTSTR, a CFile or even from the application resources (DaberElay, Carsten Bøgh Poulsen).

1/10 2006

This project has been neglected for some time, but now it's time for an update! This time, we have:

  • Returning TRUE from Add when adding data as per documentation
  • Added support for font charset. (Vladimir Svrkota, J Bartkowiak).
  • Added locale-handling (J Bartkowiak).
  • Added [%pagebreak%]-command for grids. This works as the other commands, when putting this text in a cell, the grid will break and continue on the next page. (Charlie Curry, Carsten B Poulsen)
  • Added a function call ReplaceCell to set cell data in a grid. This call replaces the data in a specific cell with new data. (Carsten B Poulsen)

And a big thanks for all the help, feedback and support for this project!

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under A Public Domain dedication

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About the Author

Johan Rosengren
Software Developer (Senior) Abstrakt Mekanik AB
Sweden Sweden
45 years old, married, three kids.
 
Started with computers more than 20 years ago on a CBM-64.
 
Read Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Lund.
 
Working as a C++ consultant developer.
 
Science-fiction freak. Enjoy vintage punkrock.

Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberbaininja10-Oct-12 18:18 
QuestionHow to insert a control? PinmemberJerryTom16-Apr-12 22:58 
QuestionVisual Studio 2010 New Project Problems Pinmemberrubrighj26-Mar-12 10:38 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberHady Marzuki25-Nov-11 18:35 
QuestionFinally, I got memory leakage! PinmemberMember 473603512-Jul-11 1:42 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberhireboy3-Jul-11 23:52 
QuestionCan reports be cut and pasted? PinmemberAnn Nockerts2-Jul-11 6:42 
Questionreport_fields Pinmembergerhard4529-Jan-11 23:27 
AnswerRe: report_fields PinmemberMember 14710391-Sep-11 14:43 
QuestionTO CONVERT MDI FOR SDI? Pinmemberasfur18-Nov-10 3:51 
JokeGREAT WORK, TKS... Pinmemberasfur16-Nov-10 1:42 
QuestionCPrintDialog Pinmembergerhard4531-Mar-10 22:35 
GeneralImplementation PinmemberAdeel Mirza4-Feb-10 3:02 
Generalfinally ! ;-) PinmemberIef Kox27-Jan-10 22:36 
GeneralThank you Pinmemberfuturejo19-Jan-10 7:48 
GeneralReport Creator PinmemberMember 29999298-Dec-09 10:22 
GeneralFantastic Pinmemberstixoffire19-Nov-09 16:38 
QuestionHeader and Footer Pinmemberpresidentkevin14-Sep-09 17:56 
Questionprint bmp picture memory leak Pinmemberxiayingang1-Aug-09 21:13 
QuestionHow to change individual Grid Column Widths at Runtime [modified] PinmemberCarlH23-Jul-09 5:00 
QuestionGrid columns PinmemberMember 14710397-May-09 8:59 
AnswerRe: Grid columns PinmemberMember 14710397-May-09 12:04 
GeneralThank you for such a great code Pinmemberxellmn31-Mar-09 4:20 
GeneralRe: Thank you for such a great code PinmemberJohan Rosengren1-Apr-09 6:32 
GeneralUse the same field more than once [modified] Pinmemberpscholl18-Feb-09 7:51 
GeneralRe: Use the same field more than once PinmemberJohan Rosengren21-Feb-09 22:21 
GeneralRe: Use the same field more than once Pinmemberpscholl22-Feb-09 4:39 
GeneralRe: Use the same field more than once PinmemberJohan Rosengren8-Mar-09 9:34 
QuestionGreat code! PinmemberMember 14710391-Feb-09 9:05 
AnswerRe: Great code! PinmemberJohan Rosengren6-Feb-09 20:38 
GeneralAttributes for a cell of a grid PinmemberNyarlatotep16-Dec-08 1:55 
GeneralRe: Attributes for a cell of a grid PinmemberJohan Rosengren20-Dec-08 5:11 
GeneralAbout eport Generator PinmemberMember 27319143-Oct-08 17:55 
GeneralRe: About eport Generator PinmemberJohan Rosengren5-Oct-08 8:30 
QuestionAbout CReportEntityGrid Pinmembermonrad13-Sep-08 8:24 
AnswerRe: About CReportEntityGrid PinmemberJohan Rosengren13-Sep-08 21:31 
QuestionCan you help me? PinmemberXiaoming Huang11-Sep-08 12:35 
AnswerRe: Can you help me? PinmemberJohan Rosengren13-Sep-08 3:43 
GeneralGrid Problem With Release Mode of VS-2008 SP1 PinmemberScott Moss10-Sep-08 5:36 
GeneralRe: Grid Problem With Release Mode of VS-2008 SP1 PinmemberJohan Rosengren13-Sep-08 3:47 
GeneralRe: Grid Problem With Release Mode of VS-2008 SP1 PinmemberScott Moss14-Sep-08 17:44 
GeneralRe: Grid Problem With Release Mode of VS-2008 SP1 PinmemberScott Moss20-Oct-08 2:57 
GeneralRe: Grid Problem With Release Mode of VS-2008 SP1 PinmemberJohan Rosengren21-Oct-08 8:02 
GeneralRe: Grid Problem With Release Mode of VS-2008 SP1 PinmemberScott Moss27-May-09 3:02 
QuestionAdding menu items? PinmemberXiaoming Huang7-Sep-08 12:23 
QuestionDo do people deal with different paper sizes? Pinmemberroel_2-Aug-08 12:38 
AnswerRe: Do do people deal with different paper sizes? PinmemberJohan Rosengren2-Aug-08 21:15 
GeneralRe: Do do people deal with different paper sizes? Pinmemberroel_3-Aug-08 3:17 
GeneralRe: Do do people deal with different paper sizes? Pinmemberdonghaitad8-Aug-08 7:26 
GeneralRe: Do do people deal with different paper sizes? PinmemberJohan Rosengren9-Aug-08 21:42 

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