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Book Description

April 30 2004 0764557300 978-0764557309 2
What is this book about?

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 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 begin creating reports and learn how to integrate them into both Windows and Web-based applications. You explore XML Web services, find out how to work with ADO.NET, and learn to use formulas and logic in your reports. Finally, you 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 does this book cover?

Here are some details on what you'll discover in this 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 is this book 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. 


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This book is aimed mainly at readers who have some experience with Crystal Reports and want a comprehensive guide to the functionality included with Crystal Reports .NET, but it will also be valuable to programmers who are getting their first taste of Crystal Reports through the Visual Studio .NET development environment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

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.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something here? June 27 2004
Format:Paperback
I read the 2nd Edition. Many other reviewers thought the book was really good. Hm...it has some interesting ideas for additional, future work I would like to do, but ...
1. I found it to be rather disorganized. He jumps around a lot in the book, and sometimes it is hard to follow his examples. He tries to do two things at the same time: explain the different options in Crystal Reports and go through a detailed example (which doesn't cover all of the options).
2. I got off to a bad start in the book right away because he gives the .NET project the same name as the report, which confuses my version of Visual Studio .NET (2003 EA). In the sample code that can be downloaded from Wrox's web site, he uses a different name for the .NET project.
3. His explanation of cross tab reports is a joke (and has some mistakes in it). Fortunately, he uses a good example(s) for the cross tab report(s) and a reasonably intelligent person can figure it out.
4. He doesn't cover some of the "fun" stuff in report design like sizing and aligning report objects. He doesn't give you good tips for rapidly developing reports (other than using the report experts). He has written another book for beginners which I haven't read. Perhaps he covers some of these things there.
5. He could use more examples and more detail on subreports in his book. The reviewer from Singapore, for example, might benefit from that.
6. He does a very good job of reviewing the capabilities of Crystal Reports .NET versus the full retail versions of Crystal Reports like versions 9 and 10.
7. He does a good job of showing how to use Crystal Reports within the Visual Studio .NET IDE (which a lot of reviewers liked).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hands Down The Best Crystal Reports.NET Book April 12 2004
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Format:Paperback
I have been writing web applications using "Classic" ASP and notepad since it was first introduced with the early versions of IIS and have recently started upgrading these applications to ASP.NET after many months of soul searching. Part of my reluctance to upgrade these applications was that most of them were for simply displaying data and statistics, which I painfully created my own layouts for (as there was little alternative)
So when I saw there was a copy of Crystal Reports included with .NET, I decided to give it a try to see if I could actually use reports instead of presenting the data in my own format and bought this book to help me along.
I can not tell you what a difference that this book as made-- I quickly zipped through the report design part and got straight on to the integration with web forms and found that I could create and integrate a report in a fraction of the time it took me before to do a manual table layout. The book is the right size and is down to the point.
If I had one criticism, it would be that the coverage of report design didn't cover graph formatting in depth, but it did get me enough to get started.
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Page-for-page, I got a lot of value out of this book, and quickly (2 work days, cover-to-cover, running and tweaking the downloaded examples.). It concisely covers exactly what the title says it does - CR.NET - not stand alone CR 9, nor Enterprise. It addresses an issue that both Microsoft and Crystal/Seagate documentation have always given short shrift to in earlier versions of CR - how the tool (CR.NET) is intended to be used in the context of the larger IDE (VS.NET).
Still, the bad reviews here are somewhat valid. The important legacy issue of porting old CR 7 and 8 reports into CR.NET is not addressed - even though the topic would be germane to the subject matter. Also, while I haven't had any troubles using SQL Server stored procs in CR.NET so far, I have to agree that the topic is important and germane enough to deserve specific discussion. God help me for saying this about a Wrox title, but it would have been worth making it a little thicker to cover these topics.
And hey, it's nice to see Wrox taking the time to let one author write a thin, coherent book instead of rushing out the thick, incoherent collections of chapter-length articles that they usually do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... it happened Feb. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
I have been developing applications using VB for the past 4 years and Crystal Reports has always been a point of frustration for me. I have tried to use the version that shipped with Visual Studio 6 and with poor functionality and no decent documentation (from Crystal or otherwise), I finally just gave in and bought Active Reports. When I started using .NET, I was happy to find Crystal Reports had been updated but still no manual and poor documentation. I was about to throw in the towel when I came across this book-- it provided the missing link and I am now integrating Crystal Reports into my applications and didn't have to buy any other software to do it. If I had a complaint, it would be that the chapter on data sources doesn't go into a lot of detail on ADO.NET, just how to use it with a report. So if you haven't worked with data sets before, you will probably need to read up on it [at their site] or other similiar sites or grab a book just on ADO.NET if you plan to use it extensively. All in all, it is the best book out there for every .NET developer who finds Crystal Reports as frustrating as I do sometimes!
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is by no means a reference book!
This book glosses over many of the critical details to get your reports running smoothly in .NET. It is a very, very basic tutorial...and that's it.
Published on March 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Reference
I am an old VB developer trying to make the transition to .NET. I bought the other crystal book (which is a back breaker) and found only a few pages of .Net. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003 by Ken Chesney
5.0 out of 5 stars Best out there
Very good book. I was specifically looking for information on web forms and the book gives a thorough explanation on how to integrate reports into ASP. Read more
Published on July 15 2003 by Steve Williams (MCSE, MCSD, MCAD)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great title
This is a great book, it goes straight to the point, is very well written and reader friendly. I bought Peck's "Complete Reference" and would reccomend it as well for... Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by A code-made MCAD
1.0 out of 5 stars I could learn more by banging on my head with a shoe
It isn't bad enough that neither Microsoft nor Crystal have a practical approach to help people utilize these two technologies effectively, there are actually people writing books... Read more
Published on April 17 2003 by Marty
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have included more detail in the web forms chapter
I bought the book for the web forms chapter and I found it to be too brief. There is no information about dynamic select statements or parameters as the data source for the... Read more
Published on April 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The User's Manual for Crystal Reports
No muss, no fuss, just a short, straightforward exposition of Crystal Reports.Net and how to use it in Visual Studio.Net. Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by David C. Veeneman
5.0 out of 5 stars another fine WROX title
WROX has always written great books for developers and this one ranks at the top of the list of fine .NET titles they have produced in the past year. Unlike Professional ASP. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Leaves a lot to be desired
The book appears to have been rushed to the publisher. It spends a page and a half on a simple procedure and a quarter page on something very complicated. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003
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