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Build a scalable Web report solution and create presentation-quality reports from virtually any database using the most powerful date analysis tool available. Seagate Crystal Reports 8: The Complete Reference explains in detail how to use the software to analyze and format data,generate reports,and create interactive,Web-based reports. The book also covers new features Seagate Crystal Reports 8 has to ...
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Build a scalable Web report solution and create presentation-quality reports from virtually any database using the most powerful date analysis tool available. Seagate Crystal Reports 8: The Complete Reference explains in detail how to use the software to analyze and format data,generate reports,and create interactive,Web-based reports. The book also covers new features Seagate Crystal Reports 8 has to offer,including the no-footprint DHTML report viewer,reporting with the new Microsoft Excel and Access add-ins,and updated features of the Report Designer Components for integration into Web pages and Visual Basic programs. Plus,you'll get sample reports,and VB and Web application source code on the bonus CD-ROM.
While these varied information systems may have certain BI capabilities "out of the box," manyusers of database-based systems need more capabilities to create their own specialized views of their centralized data. There is a plethora of query, graphic, spreadsheet, and analysis tools. Still, probably the most often used method of garnering information from corporate information systems is the tried-and-true report. Enter the database report writer.
Introducing Crystal Reports 8
Crystal Reports, now in its eighth major revision, remains the market leader and de facto standard for business and corporate report writing. In 1984, a Canadian shipping company wanted to produce custom reports from its accounting system. When the vendor said "We can't help you," the company created Quick Reports, the precursor to Crystal Reports. Crystal Reports' first "bundle" was with that vendor's next version of its accounting software.
Crystal Reports is now bundled with over 150 leading software packages, including many of the aforementioned ERP and accounting packages from vendors including ACCPAC International, Great Plains Software, and PeopleSoft. Versions of Crystal Reports are also included with Microsoft's BackOffice and Visual Studio packages. Crystal Reports is aimed at three general types of users:
Casual business users, such as data analysts, executive assistants, and marketing directors, who will design reports around their corporate data to make intelligent business decisions.
When you first start the program, the only two main functions that you'll usually want to perform are creating a new report and opening an existing report. Like most functions in Crystal Reports, these functions can be accomplished in several ways. If the Welcome dialog box appears, you can choose either function from it by using its various radio buttons. If you've closed the Welcome dialog box, you may redisplay it from the Help menu and choose options from there. You may also open an existing report or create a new report with pull-down menu options, keyboard shortcuts, or toolbar buttons, as described later in the chapter.
Crystal Reports Screen Elements
The Crystal Reports screen consists of four main parts you'll want to familiarize yourself with: the pull-down menus, the toolbars, the report design/preview area, and the status bar.
The pull-down menus are standard Windows-type menus that you can pull down with your mouse. In some cases, you can also use shortcut key combinations (such as CTRL-N to start a new report) to choose pull-down menu options. You'll notice these shortcut key combinations next to their menu options when you pull down the menus. You can also use the standard Windows convention of holding down the ALT key and typing the underlined letter in the menu, and then choosing a menu option by typing another underlined letter from within the menu. For example, you can add a database field to the report (Insert menu, Database Field option) by typing ALT-1-D.
When you first start Crystal Reports, three toolbars are displayed across the top of the screen by default. One additional toolbar is available for display by choosing View I Toolbars from the pull-down menus. The toolbars contain buttons for almost all of Crystal Reports' available functions (some options still require use of pull-down menu options, but not many). Many of the icons on the toolbars are self-explanatory. In addition, tool tips are available for each toolbar button-just point to a toolbar button with your mouse and wait a few seconds. A small yellow box containing a short description of the toolbar button's function will appear...
Chapter 1: Common Ground: Creating a Simple Report.
Chapter 2: Enhancing Appearance with Text Objects.
Chapter 3: Sorting and Grouping.
Chapter 4: Creating Geographic Maps.
Chapter 5: Using Formulas.
Chapter 6: Analyzing with Advanced Selection Criteria.
Chapter 7: Making Your Reports Visually Appealing.
Chapter 8: Using Sections and Areas.
Chapter 9: Analyzing with Cross Tabs.
Chapter 10: Creating Charts.
Chapter 11: Using Subreports.
Chapter 12: Viewer Interaction with Parameter Fields.
Chapter 13: Exporting Reports.
Chapter 14: Reporting from SQL Databases.
Chapter 15: Accommodating Database Changes and Field Mapping.
Chapter 16: Reporting from OLAP Cubes.
Chapter 17: Using Seagate Analysis.
Chapter 18: Querying SQL Databases with Crystal SQL Designer.
Chapter 19: Simplifying Databases with Crystal Dictionaries.
Chapter 20: Reporting from Proprietary Data Types.
Part II: Developing Custom Window Applications.
Posted December 4, 2001
I have never used CR before and perhaps it is just the difference between 8 and 8.5, but this book was no help whatsoever in learning this program. There were several function mentioned that didn't work at all when I tried to impliment them. I was trying to use this book to help me with the control that is used in VB apps. Maybe the functions and properties didn't list because I didn't have the right references in my VB program, but I couldn't find any hint as to which references to add to my program in this book. All in all, it was the most useless book I have bought in years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2001
This is an awesome book. I knew nothing about Crystal and read this whole book then went out and got certified in 1 try. Easy glossary to look things up. Very clear on everything it talks about. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.