What is a Report Builder?

A Report Builder is a tool for extracting information from a database in a highly structured manner. Reporting styles can vary from simple columnar output to extravagent form letters and sales invoices. Some reports extract and/or manipulate data from a single database, while other reports may require several databases and complex formulae to generate information in the desired manner.


Many computer applications have menu options made available to the user for pre-defined reports. While these reports can usually fulfill the majority of end-user needs, times arise when a custom report has to be created. If the means to create/modify reports has not been included in an application, the programmer has to be hired to create the report for the user (usually at a substantial cost). A report writer puts the power of creating/modifying reports into the users hands.


As with any new tool there is a learning curve involved. However, a willingness to experiment can pay huge dividends to yourself and/or firm. You can create as many new reports as you want without paying a programmer to create them for you.


This Report Builder is an extremely powerful tool, comparable in features to software costing hundreds of dollars. Practically any type of report that you require can be created with this simple, yet highly effective tool.


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