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Crystal Reports .NET Programming Paperback – Mar 1 2004


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Invaluable as tutorial and as a reference June 1 2004
By Richard J. Dudley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let's get this straight from the beginning--this is not a book about Crystal Reports 10, nor Crystal Reports 9. This is about Crystal Reports .NET, which is a different version altogether. The second part of this book does a great job of discussing the rich programming model of the CR.NET engine, and also indicates clearly the limitations of the CR.NET engine (CR.NET is far more limited than CR9 or CR10--that's why it's bundled with Visual Studio). The first part of this book is a very good resource for people who have not worked with Crystal Reports Design, or may be new to the Visual Studio interface. The numerous examples are given in both C# and VB.NET. This book was self-published and self-edited by the author, so you'll find an occasional typo. Save your money on the WROX Press book by David McAmis--that one is far more riddled with errors far less useful.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This guy is NOT with the program March 24 2005
By Mary Roach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You know, the program that says all technical books have to explain programming in excruciating detail for non-programmers, even when the book title says "for experienced programmers"? The program that results in books on one small topic will thereby be expanded to 1600 pages, so we can charge $40 or $50? THAT program! I'm thinking this guy published it himself. It's pretty darn clear and well-written, with very few grammatical errors in spite of the lack of a professional editing staff. If you're a VB.Net programmer, or ASP.Net, or C# programmer, and you already have adequate reference books for doing the rest of your work, and all you need is a good & thorough reference to Crystal Reports, THIS is the book you want to get.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If only someone at Crystal could write like this!!! July 10 2004
By Stephan Onisick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A GodSend!!
After spending $2000 for Crystal 10 Enterprise-I was appalled by the lack of documentation, examples and tutorials.
(I did find some examples on the Crystal Decisions website but had trouble translating them to my specific programming tasks.)
Most Crystal Report Books spend a lot of time on the Report Designer which in my humble opinion, from a programmer's perspective, is superfluous.
Brian excels in both explaining Crystal Reports and integrating it into .Net for programmers.
Brian gives you the object model and examples of specific methods. These are readily useable from VB.Net to ASP.Net.
By explaining the inner workings of Crystal; e.g., the two-step processing of report data, the reader can understand differences between items such as subtotals and running totals.
Within about 2 hours after perusing his chapter on exporting and deploying, I was able to set up a report in an asp.net application (with a few adjustments).
Consider me a fan. I look forward to other works from Brian.

I will do all I can to make his self-publishing profitable.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Crystal Reports .NET Book April 23 2004
By J. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm new to Crystal Reports .Net. To be more precise, I'm new to the whole .Net framework. Currently i'm using the book at my internship and it's helping my out ALOT. I've read several of the reviews for this book from grammatical errors to the author used the wrong font.
First of all, the author wrote this book about Crystal Reports .NET, not Crystal Reports 9 or 10. There is a difference.
Secondly, the author has a section within the first few pages of his book addressing the grammatical errors called "Grammatical Errors" (In Bold). After all, he did self-published the book and editing your own work is extremely hard. So those who were commenting about that are taking this review a little bit too seriously.
Yeah, the terminology ("web page" should be "ASP. NET Web App") is probably wrong but as you read on you'll know exactly what he means.
As far as examples, when you install Crystal Reports .Net it comes with example reports to work with. The author guides you on how to retrieve them in the first chapter of the book. He even gives you the full file extension (if you didn't change the default) of the report's location.
Anyhow, Crystal Reports .NET programming is an excellent book/reference for first time users AND professionals even though I don't consider myself to be one. He goes into detail as to what each Taps, components, viewers, and other features do; and how and when to used them.
The codes given in this book are well explained and easy to follow. Most codes access features that other books do not go into.
It is a well written, extremely thorough and comprehensive yet not too technical for first-time users to understand book to have and its well worth the listed price. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to use Crystal Reports .Net.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just what I was looking for Aug. 30 2004
By Chris Church - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a developer new to the .net world and Crystal Reports I was overwhelmed by the task of creating an application using both with just the help files.

Brian Bischof has done an excellent job of explaning and demonstrating solutions to this daunting task. This book is one of the best at getting to the meat of the matter I have read. After explaining the task to be tackled, there are excellent examples and sample code.

Thanks for writing this book, it has saved me from hours of frustration!


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