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Reports Module v5.0 Released to Tracker

[This post has been cross-posted on my personal blog. Check it out for more musings, thoughts and tips regarding .Net development]

After a few delays, version 5.0 of the Reports Module has been released to the Module Release Process. This means that it should be released shortly (though given the time of year, it may take a couple of weeks). I'll be posting some How-To screencasts walking through the new features (and some old ones too) in the next week or so. I'm also working on a full User's Guide to be released shortly.

One important note regarding Reports 5.0: The module requires at least v4.6 of the DotNetNuke core, it will NOT run on a previous version of the core. This is because of the new Visualizer and Data Source installers which use the Package Installer introduced in v4.6. I hope to release a version of the module with the installer portions removed which will be referred to as "Version 4.9".

To give you an idea of what's coming, here's an excerpt from the release notes containing a list of resolved issues in this version (The same list can be found here:

  • RPT-5634 JavaScipt error when first configuring Reports DNN _04.05.01
        A JavaScript error was occuring on the main settings page, this has been corrected
  • RPT-5676 HTML Decoding in XSL Visualizer
        Fix through RPT-6514
  • RPT-4698 Clean up interface for Reporting Services Visualizer
        Interface for Reporting Services Visualizer has been improved significantly the Visualizer has also been renamed to the "Microsoft ReportViewer Visualizer"
  • RPT-5715 Include {databaseOwner} token in upgrade SQL scripts
        Scripts have been corrected
  • RPT-5791 Run Reports on Demand
        Reports can now be run "on-demand" rather than automatically on load
  • RPT-5806 Support the EnableExternalImages property of ReportViewer control
        The EnableExternalImages and EnableHyperlink properties are now supported, along with many others (see RPT-4698)
  • RPT-3994 Alternate Data Sources
        Data Sources Framework allows Reports to run queries against other Databases (SQL Server, Access, Oracle, etc.)
  • RPT-6466 Disable the Use of Parameters while Caching is enabled
        Paramaters are disabled when Caching is enabled due to a serious privacy risk
  • RPT-6514 HTML Decoding and Encoding of fields retrieved from database
        Fields can now be individually HTML Encoded and HTML Decoded before being passed to the Visualizer
  • RPT-6516 Report Info Pane
        An info pane displaying the title and description of the report can now be displayed on the main screen
  • RPT-6454 Allow Users to specify custom CSS Styles and Classes for the Grid in the Grid Visualizer
        Users can use custom CSS to style the Grid Visualizer
  • RPT-6438 Add a setting to enable/disable Grid Lines in Grid Visualizer
        Grid Lines can now be configured in the Grid Visualizer

Keep an eye on the blogs for more updates, I'll make sure to post here when the module is released!


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