Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET Paperback – Oct 23 2002
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From the Publisher
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
Crystal Reports is one of the worlds leading software packages for creating interactive reports. It provides developers with an array of tools for developing rich reports that can be published on the Web or integrated within Windows applications. This book provides a detailed guide to the functionality provided with Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET and shows you how to integrate reports into your .NET applications.
Who is this book for?
This book is for programmers who want a comprehensive guide to the functionality included with Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET. This book is mainly aimed at readers who have some experience with Crystal Reports. However, the book will also prove valuable to readers who are new to Crystal Reports, and want a guide to this reporting tool that is included within Visual Studio .NET.
This book will teach you how to:
- Create reports with the assistance of the Expert
- Integrate reports into Windows® and web-based applications
- Create XML Report Web Services
- Work with ADO.NET
- Use formulas and logic in reports
- Develop distributed reporting applications
- Deploy reporting applications
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Ken Chesney
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 morePublished on July 15 2003 by Steve Williams (MCSE, MCSD, MCAD)
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 morePublished on April 21 2003 by A code-made MCAD
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 morePublished on April 17 2003 by Marty
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 morePublished on April 16 2003
No muss, no fuss, just a short, straightforward exposition of Crystal Reports.Net and how to use it in Visual Studio.Net. Read morePublished on March 5 2003 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2003
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