A few weeks ago, I attended a course about NAV 2009 Reporting: a course that was especially designed to explain what is possible in NAV 2009 reporting. It's an official course of Microsoft, written by the Belgian CPLS "Plataan" and guess what … given to us by that same dude of Plataan that wrote it: Steven Renders. Who's better for gettin' it from? Dude, I tell you … it's not my habit to advertise on my blog … and it's not my intention to do it, but dudes, I tell you … really … see it like a recommendation … but when you're planning to get yourself trained … think about flying Plataan over to get the course from.
During that course, I've been writing down some tips & tricks of which I'm going to "bother" you about in the coming blog posts (not all right after each other … but you can expect a number of small tips and tricks in the next months ). Last week, I met Claus Lundstrøm … Program Manager of all about NAV 2009 Reporting stuff, and author of the nav reporting blog (which by the way has been merged with the Microsoft Dynamics Nav Team Blog). I was talking to him that I noticed that many partners are choosing to "postpone" getting trained in NAV 2009 Reporting, just because of the fact that Microsoft added the possibility to print classic reports from the Role Tailored Client. I noticed it at the SP1 training course a few weeks ago, and I noticed it again at a recent gathering of partners. He encouraged me to do this series of small Tips & Tricks (just like he is doing on his blog for some time now).
OK, enough chit chat … where's the tip?
First tip is actually already mentioned on the blog of Claus, but may be a little bit hard to find (at least, I spent some time searching for it .. but that doesn't mean anything, off course … since I use bing, search take a little bit longer, it seems … or is it just me? ). In NAV 2009 SP1, they made it possible to use Visual Web Developer 2008 to design reports (which is free, by the way). If you're planning to use this, don't forget to install the "Microsoft Report Viewer Add-on for Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition", else, you'll have a damn hard time designing your reports in xml-format .
That's all. Very small, simple … yet useful tip. I chose to start off with this one, because … if you don't have an environment, you can't even start designing the reports … can you?
Up to the next!