Reporting is a key part of software development, as no real-world application is complete without reports. When choosing a reporting product, a developer needs to consider two important factors. The first is that reports developed using the product should be easy to use and visually appealing to the end user. Additionally, the product should enable a developer to easily and quickly build reports for applications. Fast Reports‘ FastReport.Net satisfies these criteria and also ships with many features, including a lightweight report designer, which simplify development and let developers create reports very easily. The FastReport.Net designer doesn’t use Visual Studio to create reports, although you do need to use the development environment to connect the report from the application being developed.