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Crystal Reports .NET Programming Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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The problem is crystal reports itself. It repeatedly crashes my VS2005. Business Objects is selling an enterprise server product which delivers CR reports thru the browser. My guess is BO wants to discourage users from using asp.net to access their reports.
As someone using CR for the last 6 weeks to design reports, I would much prefer to ditch the product and try other Windows reporting alternatives. It is totally tedious when working with reports with a lot of columns and total breaks. snap to grid does not always work. Have not been able to figure out how to use one report as a template for another ( ex. the dollar version of a report is a lot like the unit version. problem is I have to code each from scratch. With 12 monthly columns and 5 total breaks, this is hours of needless work. )
BO tech support is brutal. Basically you have to pay $2500 per year for phone support. Otherwise you will waste too much time figuring out how to do what you want with the product. Then for the enterprise version, for the same reason, you will have to pay for another tech support contract.
There seems to be many differences in regular Crystal Reports and Crystal Reports.NET and Brian's book, being specific to CR.NET, was just the piece to the puzzle I was looking for. Just scanning 2 pages in initially opening the book solved 2 issues that I could not find anywhere else on the Internet searching Google!
Our manager has attempted to find a training resource locally who could teach a class on CR.NET and has come up empty. There seem to be plenty of CR classes, but none specific to CR.NET.
Obviously whoever said the market was flooded with this information should be looking for another job.
Bravo to Brian for offering his knowledge to the public. As I have been branded one of the CR.NET resources at work, I am sure this book will rarely leave the top of my desk.
I hope he will decide to releases updated editions and pass along his future learnings of CR.NET to all of us.
My only gripes with this book are that there is no online version of the book included, and as a self published book, there are a large number of grammatical errors which detract a little from the reading experience. Other than that, this is a fantastic reference for anyone trying to learn Crystal Reports in a Visual Studio .Net environment.
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