Reporting is one of those things that when you need it you want something that does 80%-90% of the work for you. For us, and many other Xojo developers, the reporting tool that’s built-in to Xojo just isn’t very powerful. So we built our own and used it practically in all of our consulting projects over the last 10 years.
Shorts has a report designer component that lets developers embed a report designer in their desktop projects. The banded report designer allows the user to change the fields, fonts, layout, etc. of a report as well as do some sorting, grouping, and also allow the user to ask for criteria before the report is generated. The report viewer component has versions for desktop and web v1. And if the report design can’t handle a report, you can fall back to doing extremely complex reports via code.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but Shorts was the winner of the 2018 Xojo Design Awards for Best Developer Tool. It was an honor to get the award and I’m always ecstatic hearing from Xojo developers on how they use Shorts and how happy they are with it.
Since I took a full-time job in the spring I’ve been looking for a new home for Shorts with developers that can take pride in its development and take it to new heights. I’m proud to announce that BKeeney Shorts has a new home at varcess. They use Shorts extensively in their own products and have already announced some new and exciting additions to it.
The developers at varcess are close to finishing inheritable report designs and a XojoScript debugger. Future Versions will add API 2.0, Web 2.0 support, sub-reporting, and a REST API reporting server. Whew! That’s a ton of new features and I can’t wait to see what Xojo developers do with them.
Stay tuned and check the xojo forum for future announcements. Existing Shorts customers will be informed via email and will receive a discount when updating to the next new version.
Please visit https://www.varcess.com for more information and to get updated demos in the future.