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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (4 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764571370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764571374
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Sample reports and more on companion Web site

Create simple or sophisticated reports, add elements, format, and deliver them

What good is all that data you’re keeping if you can’t put it in a form that means something? This handy guide gets you going with Crystal Reports 10 and its exciting enterprise enhancements. Let your data out of the database and turn it into interactive reports that tell you, and others, what’s happening in your business.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Create and print a simple report
  • Design reports to meet specific needs
  • Sort, group, and total result sets
  • Develop and update OLAP reports
  • Integrate Crystal Reports with Crystal Enterprise® and Crystal Analysis®

About the Author

Allen G. Taylor teaches database development at a leading online education company and electrical engineering at Portland State University. He has authored twenty books, including SQL® For Dummies.


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A very good introduction to using Crystal Reports; It's not - and doesn't set out to be - the definitive guide to the software, but it really gets you started and producing effective results very quickly.

Well worth the money.
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I bought this book as I was going to have to deliver a course on Crystal Reports to some beginners. It was very well presented and in the style of this series of books, walked one through from the very beginning without assuming any knowledge at all. And that's why I am a little curious. Crystal Reports, as far as I know, is a piece of software used in work environments to get information from databases. Are there really many such people who would need to use Crystal to create reports from scratch without understanding the software? Assuming I am wrong and there are, it's a great way to get going. Assuming I am right, it will not do as a reference-style resource where you can learn about the functionality of Crystal Reports. So, as a practical guide to getting things done in a pinch - great. As a reference book on Crystal Reports - not suitable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 15 Sept. 2007
By Douglas C. Gage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
a good book to get your feet wet. my first 'for dummies' book. I felt a tad foolish buying this, having written loads of programs in the last 18 years, but this book was very helpful getting me started on crystal reports.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The For Dummies Approach applied to Crystal Reports 10 Mar. 2007
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The computer was going to eliminate paperwork. That's why Crystal Reports has sold about 13 million copies. Simply put, Crystal Reports is a database report writer.

Most of the data a business wants to look at is maintained in a database. How to produce a report that is customized for what you (or your boss) want to see can be done by going directly to the database, executing a query and then printing it out in a format that you want to see -- bah humbug. Who wants to go program all that stuff?

Hence Crystal Reports. Here is a program that allows you to basically point and click and produce the report you want. It's rather simple to use for a simple straight forward report. That's why Crystal Reports is included in some 200 software packages.

Now, why buy a book on it, and why this book in particular. First, if you've looked at the documentation provided by Crystal Reports you've probably thrown up your hands in disgust. Second, because you've gotten to this page means you probably searched for something on Crystal Reports and found that you didn't have all that many choices that cover Version 10. Third, this is a 'For Dummies' book. It is written in a style that most of use can read and get some sense out of it.

If you're just getting started, this is a good place. If you're already an expert, this will tell you about what's possible in the newest version.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter 25 Mar. 2010
By Diego O'Toole - Published on Amazon.com
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This book eventually has some good material, but the first 50 pages or so are about why it's important to have reports, and why they should be well designed. Okay, the book is "for Dummies", but give me some credit that I want to create good reports as a prerequisite for wanting a book at all. It gets better, though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not appropriate for reading on Kindle 26 July 2013
By J. D. Pruett - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book sent to my Kindle because I needed it "yesterday". The book itself has information that I needed, but I found it very hard for me to use in that format. I have a difficult time moving back and forth in the Kindle to find or refresh my understanding of various parts. And, the illustrations do not always appear where they would be most helpful. I have no complaint with the author's work, but the format that I chose is not especially helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Reports 10 for Dummies 20 Feb. 2007
By D. Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is pretty good for a quick tour of the software and it's capabilities.
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