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Hour 18. Working with the Report Compone... > Sharing Report Design Components

Sharing Report Design Components

Report designers have many tricks up their sleeves to make their report design efforts more productive. In the past, many report designers would maintain basic report templates containing the most reused objects and business logic. In many cases, these reports would contain corporate logos, formatted page headers and footers, text objects with typical text (like the company's address), and even some typical formula logic. We could call them warehouse reports.

Report designers would copy and paste these objects between the warehouse report and the newly created reports on a regular basis. This would save the report designer a significant amount of time by not recreating these objects from scratch. Of course, when logic or other objects change, the warehouse report could be updated so that all newer reports would also benefit. The report designer would have to remember which reports could have been affected, open them up, and update them by hand. This process was cumbersome but necessary.


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