For years, our drag & drop support consisted of "well, you can drag one field into an existing table". If you needed multiple fields – repeat. Creating a table via Drag & Drop? No way. Creating a sub table? Don't even think of it. All this will change thoroughly with LL21.
Creating a new table is now as simple as multiselecting a couple of fields from the Variables-/Field-List. The multiselection also memorizes the order in which you’ve selected the fields. If you start dragging the fields, a small hint appears that shows the fields in the order you’ve selected them:
Then drop the fields wherever you want the report container to be created:
That’s it – no more hasseling with the choice of database table, no more field selection wizards required. Just a simple Drag & Drop operation is all you need. And it doesn’t stop there. If you wanted to see the orders corresponding to the customers just drop some Order fields on the newly created table:
This automatically creates a sub element underneath the customers table – creating an 1:n report has never been faster:
Note also the small details like the distances between the tables – we’ve added those by default to make scanning a relational report much easier. A feature we’ve added while we were at it was a property “Distance after” for all report container elements.
The text object’s drag & drop also got a cool new feature – besides adding new paragrahs before or after another paragraph, you can now add text to an existing paragraph. Very handy when working with separated fields for “First Name” and “Last Name” – simply drop “Last Name” on the “First Name” paragraph to get a combination of both in one paragraph.
Jochen Bartlau leads the development at combit as Managing Director. He’s a Microsoft .NET enthusiast driving innovation & agile project management. The mobile devices geek who used to be a physicist in his first life loves to spend his spare time with his family.