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Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET (Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – October 23, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0764544033 ISBN-10: 0764544039

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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (October 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764544039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764544033
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,057,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book is aimed mainly at readers with some experience of Crystal Reports who 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 world’s 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

More About the Author

David McAmis is a solution architect, consultant, author and educator with over 14 years of experience with BusinessObjects technology, working with clients in the US, Australia, Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong.

David is considered to be an expert in the field of business intelligence. He has developed an impressive reputation with the SAP BusinessObjects range of products and has written over twenty computer books, with six focused on SAP BusinessObjects technology.

As the Technical Director at an SAP BusinessObjects Gold Partner he fulfils the roles of enterprise architect and Business Intelligence (BI) Evangelist and brings to bear experience across a wide number of platforms, databases and ERP systems (including SAP, JD Edwards and Baan) to deliver innovative solutions for common business problems.

David has travelled the world educating developers and end-users on the benefits of business intelligence and information management. Over the course of his career, he has instructed over 2,000 students in the use of the SAP BusinessObjects suite of Business Intelligence tools. He is a certified trainer and teaches courses on behalf of SAP as well as on-site training courses.

He is an SAP Certified Application Associate (times 4) for Crystal Reports, BusinessObjects Enterprise, BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and BusinessObjects Data Integrator.

David has written over 600 articles for computer magazines and trade journals and is a recognized expert in business intelligence and information management. His books on Crystal Reports are consistent best-sellers and he is a frequent conference speaker.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David W. Wood on June 27, 2004
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
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I used Crystal Reports in my last job, although I just worked from some reports a friend gave me. I'm now in a position where I need to do my own report development with Crystal Reports in .Net so I bought this book for guidance, and I'm glad I did. The early chapters are fast paced, so you can get to grip with the basics with ease. The later chapters build on this and go into depth discussing formulas, logic and data handling, and I now feel very comfortable in my ability to write reports to impress! Thanks Wrox.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim Martino on December 18, 2003
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By a happy dev head on February 3, 2003
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2004
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2003
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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 reports, only static data sources. The author uses windows forms when he covers these topics.
I am still searching for a good crystal reports.net reference.
MCSD, MCDBA
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "mary21023" on November 19, 2002
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after struggling with previous versions of Crystal and VB, I didn't expect too much out of .net but was pleasantly surprise. The tool itself still is playing catch up to the regular version of Crystal but is miles ahead of previous versions. Like most of big Bill's products, the manuals were scarce in .net and the documentation on Crystal is sad. I had bought the complete reference and it was thin on developer topics, so I was happy to find this book and it provides excellent coverage on report integration, but why didn't Crystal do this themselves?!? once again WROX has the best.
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