Reports can be printed directly from text files without using a database product. This functionality is provided via the
component. The following formats are supported:
▪ Fixed-Length records
▪ Custom delimited (where you specify the delimiter)
component is essentially a simple data retrieval engine
that enables you to access data in text files in the same manner as data stored
in a database table. You can even define master/detail relationships between
data in two text files. The TextPipeline contains a Field Editor that is used to
define the data fields for the text file. Once the data fields have been
defined, you can access the Report Designer and assign those fields to
ReportBuilder’s data aware components.
Each of the data pipelines in ReportBuilder has a Field Editor that is accessible by double-clicking on the pipeline component at design-time. The TextPipeline's Field Editor is pictured below. Notice that the View Data button has been activated to display the contents of the text file. This feature is useful when defining the fields for the text file.