Does CSLA .NET support report generation?
Business objects created using CSLA .NET are bindable, and therefore can sometimes be used directly from report generation tools.
However, I generally divide "reports" into two categories:
- . "Lists", which are generated using small amounts of input, and may result in small or large amounts of output
- . "Reports", which are generated using large amounts of input, and may result in small or large amounts of output
Lists can be generated from business objects or other in-memory data, or from data in a database. Since the amount of data required to generate the list is small it doesn't matter a lot where the data comes from.
Reports can only be generated directly from the database by using a report generation tool. The overhead of retrieving large amounts of data into objects and then generating the report is simply unworkable.
Most people, in my observation, treat everything like a report. If they have lists, they'll often generate the output using Word or Excel exports.This thread
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