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The addition of Crystal Reports 9.0 to Visual Studio .NET 2003 offers developers a reporting tool that allows you to turn almost any data into interactive, dynamic content through portals, wireless devices, and Microsoft Office documents. This code-intensive guide takes you step by step through developing reports and incorporating them into applications.

First, you will gain a thorough understanding of how this version of Crystal Reports differs from previous versions and how it fits into the .NET platform. Then you will begin creating reports and learn how to integrate them into both Windows and Web-based applications. You will explore XML Web services, find out how to work with ADO.NET, and learn to use formulas and logic in your reports. Finally, you will develop distributed reporting applications and discover how to deploy the applications you have created.

Packed with real-world examples of working applications, this comprehensive second edition provides a complete understanding of commonly used features, examples of integration with a variety of databases and platforms, and much more.

What you will learn from t his book

  • Advanced report design
  • Methods for creating reports using the Expert
  • How to integrate reports into Windows and Web-based applications
  • Development and deployment of distributed reporting applications
  • How to create XML Report Web Services and work with ADO.NET
  • Tips for using parameters with Crystal Reports and customizing the report content at run-time
  • Options for working with different data sources
  • How to use the features contained in the properties, methods, and events associated with the Crystal Reports engine

Who this book is for

This book is for programmers seeking a comprehensive guide to the functionality of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET. You should have some experience with .NET and Visual Studio .NET. Some familiarity with Crystal Reports is helpful, although this update includes a large section on report design.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

David McAmis is a Crystal Certified Consultant and trainer, living and working in Sydney, Australia as a partner in Avantis Information Systems. As a consultant for Avantis and on behalf of Crystal Decisions, David creates Windows, Web, and mobile applications incorporating Crystal technology across a wide number of platforms, databases, and ERP systems to deliver innovate solutions for common business problems.
In his varied career, he has held the roles of consultant, technical trainer, university lecturer, and consulting services manager and has served as vice-president of a software and services company in the United States. David holds a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems and is a Microsoft Certified Professional, as well as a certified trainer and consultant for numerous software products. David has been working with Crystal Reports since version 4.5 and is an active member of the beta and user group community and a self-confessed “raving fan.” In his career as a Crystal developer and trainer, he has traveled the world and taught over 800 students. You can reach him at dmcamis@hotmail.com.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the money Oct. 20 2005
By Abalas Olpo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has an annoying trait of explaining super basic things as if you had no knowledge of computers. It tells you step by step how to add a project. Select File -> New -> etc. Which is fine if all material is covered with this detail. But it's not. The harder stuff is, or this stuff that's is impossible to arrive at with clicking, is glossed over.
For instance, there's a section that tells you how to use Crystal Parameters with values entered in a textbox. A very useful thing. The explanation is laborious on how to add components on the form but when he gets to the code part, he says, "You can now use this code to set you parameter fields" No mention of where this code goes. How could they assume you've never turned on a computer before with the Select File -> New bit and then assume you know where this code goes.
It makes this book useless. It's one of things that is just infuriating. Who do they think the audience is for this book? If you know VS you know how to add a project, for Christ's sake. If you know Crystal you know how to make parameters. The reason you buy this book is to see how the two work together.
WTF!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lacks consistency in explanations... May 4 2006
By Terrill Talley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agreed with many of the prior reviewers when they stated that the book doesn't cover many options and in some examples they are covered completely and other examples jump around and lack the same "follow through" in the lesson as the prior examples. I also found that included screenshots were not consistent as well. Often when I was expecting a screenshot because the explanation given in the text was not so clear, no screenshot existed. In Chapter 3 the author has you use an example from Chapter 2 and in the SubReports section, the correct example could not be found. I found the example stated in the text but it did not contain the example shown in the screenshot.

In my opinion, when I purchase a book to learn a new software application that is 1) expensive, and 2) difficult to figure out, I expect consistency in a text this way I come to know what is expected by the person teaching. This book lacked that. If I had been somewhat knowledgeable with Crystal Reports prior to reading this text, it might be a different story altogether, but that wasn't my case. Final note, the author doesn't state what .NET code he will be using. I came to find out that its VB.NET, unfortunately for me I'm a C# programmer. I figured it out but I probably wouldn't not have purchased the book if I had known that from reading the covering or book description.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Look for another book Dec 14 2004
By SomeGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found quite a few mistakes. Does anyone review these books? The "chapter " on Web Services was particularly poor. I suggest looking for any other book on Crystal and .Net.


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