Sams Teach Yourself Crystal Reports 9 in 24 Hours

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Sams Publishing, 2003 - Business & Economics - 496 pages

Sams Teach Yourself Crystal Reports 9 in 24 Hours guides the reader through understanding data sources, to creating simple reports using the provided report wizards to custom reporting creation, modification and design techniques. Crystal Reports 9 includes unprecedented technological advances and user interface design improvements. Crystal Reports can access data from the most widely used databases and can integrate data from multiple databases within one report.

 

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Contents

The Value of Crystal Reports 9
11
Getting Started with Crystal Reports 9
27
Accessing Your Data
47
Using the Default Report Wizards
63
Fundamentals of the Crystal Reports Design Environment
83
Creating and Designing Basic Reports
85
Selecting and Grouping Data
105
Filtering Sorting and Summarizing Data
129
Using Record Selections and Alerts for Interactive Reporting
287
Using Subreports
301
Using Formulas and Custom Functions to Implement Complex Business Logic
317
Working with the Report Component Repository
331
Designing Effective Report Templates
343
Advanced Report Design Concepts
361
Multidimensional Reporting Against OLAP Data
363
Additional Data Sources for Crystal Reports
389

Formatting Reports
145
Fundamentals of Report Formatting
147
Working with Report Sections
167
Understanding and Implementing Formulas
187
Visualizing Your Data with Charts and Maps
217
12 Implementing Parameters for Dynamic Reporting
241
Enhancing Crystal Reports
257
Custom Formatting Techniques
259
Using CrossTabs for Summarized Reporting
271
Optimizing SQL Queries in Crystal Reports
399
Sharing and Distributing Crystal Reports
409
Distributing Crystal Reports
411
Crystal Reports in Applicationsa Developers Perspective
429
Supplemental Crystal Reports Technologies
445
Crystal Reports for Visual Studio NET
447
Common Crystal Reports FAQs and Tips
461
INDEX
471
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About the author (2003)

Joe Estes has been in the information technology industry for more than eight years. He currently manages the Midwest Pre-Sales Team at Crystal Decisions, working with some of the company's largest customers. Prior to working for Crystal Decisions, Joe has been focused on the data reporting, information delivery, and analytical aspects of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence initiatives exclusively during the past six years. Throughout his career, Joe has held positions varying from system analyst and consultant at large consultancies, to system engineer and project manager at various Business Intelligence software companies. Joe is an avid enthusiast of running, snowboarding, in-line skating, and squash.

Contributing Author Bios

Neil FitzGerald has 7+ years experience working with information delivery, business intelligence, and enterprise reporting tools. He has combined this experience with his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Queens University in Kingston, Canada, and his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, to help provide information solutions to an array of Fortune 500 companies throughout NYC and the Northeastern United States. Neil is currently managing a top-shelf group of technical consultants in the NY/NE region for Crystal Decisions. He can be contacted at nf_cr24@hotmail.com.

Born, raised, and educated in Vancouver BC, Kathryn (also known as KAT) Hunt has been working at Crystal Decisions since 1994. During that time, she has held many roles that have brought her both customer-focused and report design experience. She is now considered one of the elite "report design gurus" at Crystal Decisions. She's frequently referred to as the "Reporting Goddess." In her current role as program manager, charged with the Crystal Reports Designer and its features, she has experienced many aspects of how Crystal technologies are designed, marketed, implemented, and supported.

Steve Lucas has been in the information technology industry for more than 10 years. He currently manages the Strategic Pre-Sales Team for North America at Crystal Decisions, working with some of the company's largest customers worldwide. Steve regularly speaks on current and future Crystal technology at significant events and trade shows for Crystal. Prior to Crystal, Steve focused on Microsoft technology and consulting for the better part of his career. He is currently based in Denver.

Ryan Marples is a program manager at Crystal Decisions responsible for delivering new and powerful developer tools as part of the Crystal Reports product. In addition to this book, Ryan has been involved in the authoring and editing of various other books and magazine articles. In addition to writing, Ryan has been a speaker at software conferences around the world.

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