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Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET, 2nd Edition

The addition of Crystal Reports 9.0 to Visual Studio .NET 2003 offers developers a reporting tool that allows you to turn almost any data into interactive, dynamic content through portals, wireless devices, and Microsoft Office documents. This code-intensive guide takes you step by step through developing reports and incorporating them into applications.

First, you will gain a thorough understanding of how this version of Crystal Reports differs from previous versions and how it fits into the .NET platform. Then you will begin creating reports and learn how to integrate them into both Windows and Web-based applications. You will explore XML Web services, find out how to work with ADO.NET, and learn to use formulas and logic in your reports. Finally, you will develop distributed reporting applications and discover how to deploy the applications you have created.

Packed with real-world examples of working applications, this comprehensive second edition provides a complete understanding of commonly used features, examples of integration with a variety of databases and platforms, and much more.

What you will learn from t his book

  • Advanced report design
  • Methods for creating reports using the Expert
  • How to integrate reports into Windows and Web-based applications
  • Development and deployment of distributed reporting applications
  • How to create XML Report Web Services and work with ADO.NET
  • Tips for using parameters with Crystal Reports and customizing the report content at run-time
  • Options for working with different data sources
  • How to use the features contained in the properties, methods, and events associated with the Crystal Reports engine

Who this book is for

This book is for programmers seeking a comprehensive guide to the functionality of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET. You should have some experience with .NET and Visual Studio .NET. Some familiarity with Crystal Reports is helpful, although this update includes a large section on report design.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author
David McAmis is a Crystal Certified Consultant and trainer, living and working in Sydney, Australia as a partner in Avantis Information Systems. As a consultant for Avantis and on behalf of Crystal Decisions, David creates Windows, Web, and mobile applications incorporating Crystal technology across a wide number of platforms, databases, and ERP systems to deliver innovate solutions for common business problems.
In his varied career, he has held the roles of consultant, technical trainer, university lecturer, and consulting services manager and has served as vice-president of a software and services company in the United States. David holds a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems and is a Microsoft Certified Professional, as well as a certified trainer and consultant for numerous software products. David has been working with Crystal Reports since version 4.5 and is an active member of the beta and user group community and a self-confessed “raving fan.” In his career as a Crystal developer and trainer, he has traveled the world and taught over 800 students. You can reach him at dmcamis@hotmail.com.

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