Koen about .Net

February 8, 2011

Crystal reports runtime for .NET 4.0

Filed under: Development, dotnetmag — Tags: , — koenwillemse @ 00:00

A few years ago I created an application which is used by an tutoring institute. It’s not the best application I’ve ever created (and that’s a bit of an understatement), but it works. There are some bugs now and then, some new feature request, which I do when I’ve got some spare time. One part of the application is generating invoices. I used Crystal reports to generate the invoices (first version in VS 2005, later in VS 2008).

A while ago I upgraded my solution to Visual Studio 2010 and then the problems began. Crystal Reports is no longer included in Visual Studio but needs to be downloaded separately from SAP site. Problem one, it took a long time before the final version for .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 was available. I started using the beta version when I upgraded and it worked OK. The problem however was that there was decent no runtime installation available. I found a blog post (unfortunately I don’t have the link anymore) which indicated that you could redirect the newer assemblies to the ‘old’ VS 2008 version runtime. This worked out good for me so I was ok.

In November last year, the production release of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010 was ready. So when I got my new work laptop in December, I installed this last version. But then, last week I fixed a few minor bugs and made a little improvement, and I got in trouble with the deployment which complained about the Crystal Reports references. So I wanted to quickly download the runtime for the newer Crystal Reports version and install it on the client computer. However, that wasn’t done quickly. It took me a while to finally find the links to the redistributables and merge modules of the new runtime. One thing became clear and that was that I really dislike the SAP web site.

I finally found the links, so I wanted to post them here, so maybe some other people don’t have to spend the same amount of time as I had to, to find the installers (with thanks to Coy Yonce):

  • Standard EXE installation package which installs SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio into the Visual Studio 2010 IDE can be found here.
  • Click-Once installation package used to create self-updating Windows-based applications which can be installed and run with minimal user interaction can be found here.
  • Merge Modules installation package used to install components which are shared by multiple applications can be found here.
  • Redistributable installation (32 bit) can be found here.
  • Redistributable installation (64 bit) can be found here.

I hope this saves some time for you.


February 9, 2010

VS 2010 RC available

Filed under: Development — Tags: , — koenwillemse @ 12:09

As probably everybody already knows, VS 2010 RC is available to MSDN subscribers. I wanted to install it and immediately uninstalled my beta 2 installation. However, I’m currently installing the beta 2 again :-(.
Why? Because silverlight 4 is not yet supported in the RC! So beware, if you’re working with Silverlight 4, you can’t upgrade to VS 2010 RC (yet). Let’s hope there will be a new drop soon which works in VS2010 RC. Can’t wait to upgrade to the RC.

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