Crystal Reports 7: The Complete Reference

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9780072119787: Crystal Reports 7: The Complete Reference

This complete reference reveals never before seen information including tips, tricks, and techniques which are explained to help business users create reprots they couldn't complete before this book

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Crystal Reports 7: The Complete Reference is the best Crystal Reports book around for users who have progressed beyond the "baffled novice" level. Even for newcomers to Crystal Reports who are willing to experiment a bit, this book will prove satisfactory. It's worth the cover price. Particularly praiseworthy are the sections on programming with formulas, in which the author explains details of the Crystal Reports formula language (such as variable scope, time functions, and sorting) that other books don't cover adequately.

This book also goes into detail on doing analysis with cross-tabs, performing geographic analyses, getting user input with parameter fields, and importing data from online analytical processing (OLAP) cubes. Though it lacks much of a tutorial on Structured Query Language (SQL), coverage extends beyond Crystal Reports Designer to include Seagate Analysis and Crystal SQL Designer.

Peck deftly balances how-to information (in the form of step-by-step procedures) with documentation (lists that explain what options do and what interface elements are for). Often, the author labels interface elements in screen shots, making it absolutely clear what they mean and do. He's also absolutely comprehensive in his survey of the Crystal Reports suite, adding coverage of the Report Designer Component, the Crystal ActiveX Control, the Report Engine Automation Server and its Report Engine API. The advanced coverage is geared toward the Visual Basic developer integrating Crystal Reports resources into a larger system. --David Wall

Topics covered: Formula construction, layout control, charts, subreports, drill-down reports, user interaction, extracting data from SQL databases, OLAP cubes, Seagate Analysis, and Visual Basic integration tools.

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The most definitive resource on Crystal Reports available!

Create presentation-quality reports from virtually any database using the most powerful data analysis tool and this authoritative guide. Crystal Reports 7: The Complete Reference explains in detail how to use the software to analyze and format data, generate reports, and perform advanced interactive reporting from the Web. The book also illustrates how to develop custom applications and incorporate any Crystal Report into your Windows applications -- without leaving the Visual Basic development environment. Complete with bonus CD-ROM containing free Seagate software, VB code, utilities, and a sample Web site, this is a resource no Crystal Reports user should be without.

Inside, you'll find out how to:
*Perform powerful data analysis and create professional-quality reports
*Report directly from data sources--including SQL databases--easily
*Maximize report flexibility with advanced formulas and sophisticated reporting techniques
*Use the query, reporting, and multidimensional OLAP features of Seagate Analysis
*Integrate reports into Visual Basic application using the ActiveX Report Designer Component, as well as other integration methods
*Execute interactive, web-enabled reporting with the Crystal Web Reports Server or Microsoft Visual InterDev and Active Server pages

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