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Crystal Reports 8.5: The Complete Reference Paperback – October 26, 2001

ISBN-13: 079-3254037921 ISBN-10: 0072193271 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Reference
  • Paperback: 799 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 2 edition (October 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072193271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072193275
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Most Comprehensive Crystal Reports Resource Available

Get the most out of Crystal Reports 8.5 and produce winning reports and documents using this one-stop reference. Ideal for both beginning and advanced users, this in-depth resource covers fundamental and complex topics with clarity and precision. You'll learn how to develop and design simple reports, use maps and charts, report from SQL databases, and integrate Crystal Reports with your custom Visual Basic applications. You'll also be introduced to Crystal Enterprise, which allows for fast and efficient Web delivery. Written by a Crystal Decisions certified consultant and trainer, this expert reference will show you everything you need to know to take full advantage of this leading report writing and analysis tool.

  • Design and produce simple, yet professional-looking reports and presentations
  • Use enhanced formulas to fully customize your reports
  • Export reports to different file formats--including PDF
  • Maximize report performance with your SQL database
  • Customize Crystal Enterprise to integrate Web report delivery into your intranet or the Internet
  • Create custom Visual Basic reporting applications
  • Learn all about Windows and Web report integration with Visual Studio .NET

About the Author

George Peck (Evergreen, CO) is a software trainer, consultant, and developer with more than 20 years of experience in the computer industry.

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George Peck is a software trainer, consultant, and developer with more than 20 years of experience in the computer industry. He purchased his first PC (a Radio Shack TRS-80) in 1978 and taught himself to program in one of the earliest versions of Microsoft BASIC. Later, when Microsoft shipped Visual Basic 1.0, George drove to the shipper's warehouse to pick it up, rather than waiting the extra day for delivery.

After more than 10 years as an internal consultant and trainer in a large corporation, George founded his own consulting and training firm in 1994. He has since trained, consulted, and developed custom software for large and small clients throughout the United States and Canada.

George is certified by Seagate Software as both a trainer and consultant for both Seagate Crystal Reports 7 and Seagate Info 7. He was awarded "Training Partner of the Year" by Seagate for 1998-1999.

Customer Reviews

This book has a poor index.
MikeDidIt
This book has not been very helpful for my work in Crystal Reports.
D. Dwyer
Like I said, not bad, but you need patience.
pelajhia

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zossima on March 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as a reference. Fortunately, I had a separate training course for learning the Crystal application. And I now teach the product.
It's a good reference. I truly haven't had a question yet regarding basic or advanced procedures in the application that I couldn't find. But I would not recommend it for learning the application. It is dense.
I'm also disappointed that it is not very different from the CR 8.0 manual published by Crystal Decisions. The layout and procession of the book are virtually the same! It could have included more tutorials, too.
One thing that I would love for any CR reference/manual to include is a list and description of all the formulas in the system. To my knowledge, this does not exist anywhere, even in Crystal's own documentation.
PURCHASING RECOMMENDATION
If you need a solid reference and didn't purchase manuals with Crystal, this will work. If you need to learn the product, get something else.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Harris on February 11, 2002
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While a very comprehensive book, getting me through some of the starting developer tools. This book left a little bit to be desired in documenting more on the ASP developing capabilities. Rather just telling you to "check out the sample code" which isn't bad advice (the sample code in Crystal Reports is fairly thorough) but I'd appreciate documentation on every possible Method, Property, etc. on the ASP Development objects in Crystal Reports.
In short: any power user will appreciate this book, but developers might be left hanging somewhat.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MikeDidIt on June 3, 2002
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A reference book is only as good as its index. This book has a poor index. Example: Do you know that you want to use the Switch command in a formula but need the syntax, an example, and a couple words of wisdom? Give up. It might be in there but I don't have time to read the whole book to find out. Guess I'll have to limp by with Crystal's HELP. Anyone know of a good Crystal book that helps a guy when building formulas? I want syntax and examples for each function. I would like each function in the index. Where it belongs. Please :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allan Lee on March 30, 2003
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I develop financial reporting applications for various companies using VB and VBA. Recently I have completed a financial reporting system completely within Access 2000 making extensive uses of Access's report objects.
Although the Access report object does its job well, it lacks a lot of power features, i.e., limited grouping capabilities, formula in text boxes is limited to a simply expression unless you make a call to UFD, then you would loss your object encapsulation, etc, The Data Report object is VB6 is still some what of a joke, but let not open this can of worms. Thus, I have chosen Crystals reports for my developing needs.
I find George Peck's Complete Reference series very helpful. The book has 800 pages to teach me every nuance of Crystal. This book does not teach me anything about VB coding nor does it contain a reference to the object model within the RDC or any of the other object models in Crystal. I didn't buy this book to learn how to code. The author noted in page 659 specifically that the book is not meant to teach you Visual Basic.
Overall, this book gets me up to speed quickly and it's a good reference source for my future needs. Personally, I don't find the crystal help files very helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Another Former Jones Rep on January 31, 2002
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After attending Level II and III training, I purchased this book for additional support. It was money well spent; each chapter (so far- I'm only up to Chpt. 13) has at least two useful bits of information you won't get in training or through the online help forum.
On the whole, the book was well-written and can kept my attention fairly well. The included CD has necessary reports to illustrate the author's points. Examples point out not only how to best use CR, but why one might handle the software in a particular manner.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Travis on August 15, 2002
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"The Beginners Guide to Crystal Reports" would be a more apt title. I purchased this book to learn how to integrate Crystal Reports into a VB 6 application. I wish I hadn't opened the example CD, because now I can't take it back. I outgrew this book after two days. Information on the RDC, the component used inside VB to create Crystal Reports, is vague and provides few examples. Information on connecting to remote databases over a network and exporting reports from an application is also nil. At least, I don't THINK this book contains any of that information. I use a lot of different computer books and I can't remember ever seeing a worse index. It's practically worthless. This book would only be good if you wanted a brief overview of Crystal Reports. But then- why would you buy a book?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rob on April 4, 2002
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This book was a waste of money. It is more of a beginner's guide and tutorial than a reference book. Needs to add a reference section for all of the functions available in the formula editor. Even though the cover claims .NET programming, there were no samples. The CD contains only 24 sample reports (they could of used a floppy instead). If you are new to Crystal Reports go ahead and get this. If you have any experience don't bother.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Dwyer on January 17, 2005
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I frequently use these reviews to select books of all types. I consider myself a power user able to learn rapidly from good texts. This book has not been very helpful for my work in Crystal Reports.

I need to be able to program Crystal Reports to perform a variety of complex reporting on databases that are completely denormalized. Thus, the ability to parse strings and execute stored procedures is critical.

This book completely fails to provide the information about built-in commands that I need. For instance, no information about string commands is present. No discussion of the use of arrays in Crystal Reports is provided.

I was deeply disappointed with this book.
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