Samstag, 27. Februar 2010

Time to say “Goodbye“

It‘s for me time to say goodbye ... don‘t worry, not to Delphi!

I‘m a long time user of Rave Reports and a TeamNevrona member since 2002. Many know me from the newsgroups or met me on conferences and so on. During those years, I gave more than 50 trainings and a lot of reporting-sessions on conferences in Europe and the US about Rave Reports.

I really love the power of RAVE Reports, but must admit that Rave has a high learning curve for developers who come from another report engines. In my trainings I tried to open „the door into Rave“ and I got a lot of positive feedback over the years from many attendees. All my reports in my applications use Rave and customers are happy with the performance and quality.
But I noticed (like many others, I get every weeks many emails from Rave-users all over the world ) that it seems that Nevrona Design does not have the power to publish a stable Rave8 version or a BE-version for Delphi 2009 / 2010 which I can use in a production environment with complex reports ... (I don‘t talk about a new IDE, which they have announced in 2007, I mean only the support of Unicode and so on, the IDE is another story which I don‘t comment upon right now).

It is unfortunate....

I‘ll move on to a new reporting engine with my change to Delphi 2010. But believe me, it‘s not an easy way to take, however, I see no alternatives at the moment. A lot of developers must stay with Delphi 2007 or older because they need a stable Rave BEX with their additional components or customized sources, like me.
More than two years we are anticipating the release of Rave 8, yet Nevrona Design has not published a stable version. I‘m in the situation to switch to Delphi 2010 with the really cool Datasnap-Framework and I need a stable reporting engine.
I‘ve ordered FastReport 4.9 and have made my first steps in FR in the last weeks...

I‘ll not update this blog in the future, only one new thread about my new blog will be coming in the next couple of weeks. The content of the new blog will be focused on Delphi & SQL-language & Database development (well, I‘m a database-junkie since over the last 20 years now).

stay tuned...

Kommentare:

jrodenhi hat gesagt…

I will be very interested to see a blog focusing on Delphi, databases and FastReports. I have been using that combination for several years and would love to hear the comments of an bright developer in that area. Write soon to say what your new address will be.

Olaf Monien hat gesagt…

Too bad, but but with no progress on the horizon your decision is just right imo.

I wonder what EMBT is going to do with Rave - bundling an apparently dying component set makes no real sense for me.

Edelklaus hat gesagt…

It's a pity what's going on with Rave. I don't know either what's going on at Nevrona's.
Maybe some sort of illness of Jim Gunkel?
Embarcadero seemed to be very convinced of Rave. It would have stayed to be a valuable product if it would have been developed continuously - maybe beeing sold or open sourced like other components.
I'm very sad that it seems really to be "time to say goodbye".

Mike hat gesagt…

List and Label ... or Fast Reports. These both products have developed solid and are also available for .net.

Ideal Print Engine ...

Crystal Reports is missing continous Delphi support.

If you can seperate the Reporting part and choose an open source Reporting Environment from the Java corner. There exist at least Jasper Reports or BIRT which is in the End Actuate Report ...

Write it in LateX and print it via Ghostscript;-). Ok this maybe not the real tight integrated solution...

Mike

Anonym hat gesagt…

Very Interesting!
Thank You!

Kofi hat gesagt…

Hi,

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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Delphi development

Anonym hat gesagt…

Hello there,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at rave-notes.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Cheers,
Mark