I have an idea how to accelerate RDLC report layout designing.

Consider that report creating is composed of two parts:
a) Define Dataset in *.al
b) Define Report Layout in *.rdlc

Printing report processing means:
a) Evaluate Dataset (Dataset.xml)
b) Evaluate Parameters (Paramset.xml)
c) Combine Layout (Report.rdlc) +Dataset.xml, Paramset.xml

Imagine situation when I do not need repeadly publish app (publishing wastes my 15 minutes on base app) for inspection that report looks well.

Repeatedly publishing is wasting of time.
I dont need query for same data many times...
I need finish layout as soon as possible.
If I can report send to „XML & Params (*.zip)“ then I can use this zip as data source for real-time report preview.

Yes, it is simple to preview report when layout is changed.

In Visual Code imagine command „Open RDLC Report Preview“ visible over *.rdlc files. Command requests for "*.zip" file for extracting Dataset.xml & Paramset.xml.

This command open WinForm app with ReportViewer control + FileSystemWatcher for watching Report.rldc file has been changed.

I have working prototype. I can present it.
I am changing layout in *.rdlc file and in WinForm App I see immediate result.

Best Regards,
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Thank you for this suggestion! Currently this is not on our roadmap. We are tracking this idea and if it gathers more votes and comments we will consider it in the future. Best regards, Business Central Team



Yes, that would be great. Right now it's pretty annoying.

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Great idea, This one would really help any developer, to create or adjust RDLC layouts much faster.


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This is simply awesome and it will help the developer to speed up the report development.

Thanks, Tomáš Žabčík.


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I have seen a video by Tomas and this is awesome!

MS, please, implement this.


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