|Crystal Reports 2008 Official Guide||
Crystal Reports 2008 Official Guide
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Introduction to Information Delivery
Spectrum of Business Objects Product Usage
Custom Information Delivery Applications
Enterprise BI Initiatives
Spectrum of BI Tool Users
Content Creators (Information Designers)
The Product Family from Business Objects
What Is in This Book
Part I: Crystal Reports Design
Part II: Formatting Crystal Reports
Part III: Advanced Crystal Reports Design
Part IV: Report Distribution and Advanced Report Design with Crystal Xcelsius
Equipment Used for This Book
Requirements for This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
I Crystal Report Design
1 Creating and Designing Basic Reports
Introducing the Crystal Reports Designer
Crystal Report Sections
Using Toolbars and Menus
Report Design Explorers
Locating and Using the Report Design Explorers
The Workbench and Dependency Checker
Understanding Data and Data Sources
Understanding Direct Access Drivers
Understanding Indirect Access Drivers
Introducing the Database Expert
Creating a New Connection
Using My Connections
Adding Database Objects to Your Report
Reporting on Tables
Reporting on Views
Reporting on Stored Procedures
Reporting on SQL Commands
Joining Database Objects
Understanding the Different Join Types
Using the Report Creation Wizards
Getting Started with the Report Wizards
Using the Standard Report Creation Wizard
Creating a Report Without Wizards
Crystal Reports in the Real World–HTML Preview
Crystal Reports in the Real World–SQL Commands
2 Selecting and Grouping Data
Understanding Field Objects
Accessing Database Fields
Accessing Formula Fields
CRYSTAL REPORTS® 2008
Whether you’re a DBA, data warehousing or business intelligence professional,
reporting specialist, or developer, this book has the answers you need. Through
hands-on examples, you’ll systematically master Crystal Reports and Xcelsius
2008’s most powerful features for creating, distributing, and delivering content.
One step at a time, long-time Crystal Reports insiders take you from the basics
through advanced content creation and delivery using Xcelsius, Crystal Reports
Server, crystalreports.com, and the offline Crystal Reports Viewer.
Every significant enhancement introduced in Crystal Reports 2008 is covered, including its new visualization options and more robust Web services capabilities. The book concludes by showing how to use Crystal Reports’ powerful .NET and Java SDKs to customize and extend enterprise reporting in virtually unlimited ways.
• Learn hands-on, through step-by-step examples and exercises–and discover tips and tricks proven in real-world enterprise environments
• Master new Crystal Reports 2008 features, including interactive report viewing, Xcelsius dashboarding, Flex, and Flash integration, Report Designer improvements, report bursting, and more
• Publish professional-quality reports against virtually any data source, including relational and OLAP databases, Universes, SAP, PeopleSoft, JavaBeans, .NET/COM objects, XML, and more
• Discover advanced visualization techniques using Xcelsius, charts, and maps
• Learn methods for distributing reports and integrating content into other applications
• Learn about the latest reporting addition to the Business Objects family–Xcelsius and begin creating dynamic and interactive dashboards
NEIL FITZGERALD has spent several years working at Business Objects and with one of Business Objects’ largest providers of custom BI and enterprise reporting solutions.
BOB COATES currently works as a Sales Consultant for Business Objects, an SAP company, where he has been employed for more than eleven years.
RYAN GOODMAN is the founder of Centigon Solutions, Inc., and remains one of the top Xcelsius experts and evangelists in the world.
MICHAEL VOLOSHKO is a senior presales consultant for the financial services team at Business Objects.
ON THE WEB
Find all this and more at informit.com/sams:
• Java and .NET sample reports and code samples for all examples in the book
• Bonus chapters, tips, tricks, and links to great reporting resources
COVERS: Crystal Reports 2008, Crystal Reports Server 2008,
Crystal Reports Viewer, crystalreports.com, Xcelsius 2008
USER LEVEL: Beginning–Intermediate
About the Lead Author
Neil FitzGerald is an entrepreneur who has successfully started or contributed to multiple consulting companies in the IT consulting domain. Neil combined his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with his more than 8 years of experience at Business Objects in a variety of senior roles to help provide information solutions to Fortune 500 companies across North America. He has spent more than 13 years in the information delivery domain and is available for onsite or remote consulting to companies large and small. Neil can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Contributing Authors
Bob Coates has worked for Business Objects, an SAP company (through the Crystal Decisions and Business Objects acquisitions), for more than 11 years. While there he worked in technical support, global services, and sales consulting. Presently Bob is a principal sales consultant working on the SAP Synergy Team–a branch of the Strategic Technology Group focused on the top 100 SAP customers. Bob would like to thank his wife Amanda for her infinite patience and support.
Ryan Goodman is the founder of Centigon Solutions Inc. As a previous technical evangelist and sales consultant at Infommersion and then Business Objects, Ryan has implemented hundreds of Xcelsius projects spanning more than 4 years. His interactive data visualization and design background coupled with his business insight and technical aptitude have made him one of the top Xcelsius experts in the world. Ryan continues to push the envelope and evangelize Xcelsius on his blog: www.ryangoodman.net/blog.
Michael Voloshko is a principal solutions architect for the financial services vertical at Business Objects, an SAP company.