we are currently using crystal reports for our web based ERP application. we want to move to using pdf for our reporting. However we have some queries /concerns
1. can FOA be able to handle huge data volumes. Our data source is a database (some txn tables have over few million records) where there are large # of records. Concern is since xml is the base for the FOA, can we use the foa for these find of reporting in business situations.
FOA works with XML structures that can be repeated or not. If I want to style an XML containing Person,FName,LName I can do this just matching those three tags no matter how many are then present on the XML file. If you create with FOA an XSL-T that deal with 1 single instance of your repeated structure than you can easily extend it applying a for-each construct. Since FOA is just styling your content it doesn't have limitations on the content side. You may have problems with rendering-engines if your FO file is huge, but if is composed into different page-sequences you can always break it-up into smaller files.
Hope this helps,
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