Crystal Reports .NET Programming Paperback – Mar 1 2004
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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.
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.
But now things are looking better. CR .NET Programming Covers about all aspects from making a report over runtime changes to deploying your applications w crystal reports. And it has extensive code examples.
I'm working w CR in .NET for about a year now and exept for the first few chapters (starter stuff) i found things i didn't know (even big things) every few pages.
If you are struggeling w CR .NET or want to get more out of it you should have this.
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