Reporting using Crystal Reports

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Reporting using Crystal ReportsCrystal Reports is a Reporting tool. It can access any data and transform it into highly formatted reports – then can be delivered the reports via the Web.

Crystal Reports brings the ability to create interactive, presentation-quality content to the Windows environment. With Crystal Reports, user can create complex and professional reports in a GUI-based program, can connect the report to almost any database source, as well as to proxy data. With the wizards included in the GUI designer, user can easily set formatting, grouping, charting, and other criteria.
The Reports can be hosted either in a Web or Windows application, with one of the Crystal Reports viewer controls. Report presentation in both Windows and HTML 3.2 or 4.0 clients is highly interactive and provides with features such as chart drill down, report navigation, and text search.

Crystal Reports comes with an extensive SDK. The SDK can be used to interact with the report programmatically at runtime, by use of one of four possible object models:

  • CrystalReportViewer, the simplest object model
  • ReportDocument, the more extensive object model
  • Object models available through upgrade:
    • ReportClientDocument, the most extensive object model
    • InfoObject, a powerful object model for scheduling and configuring reports within the Crystal Reports Server or BusinessObjects Enterprise framework

Reports can be related to Visual Studio 2005 projects in many ways:

  • Embed reports directly into the project
  • Access them externally, from a file directory
  • Access them as a Report Web Service from a remote server
  • Connect to them as Crystal Services
  • With an upgrade to Crystal Reports Server user can access them through the RAS Server
  • With an upgrade to BusinessObjects Enterprise, user can access them through the Page server or the RAS server contained within the BusinessObjects Enterprise framework
  • User can access them through a legacy enterprise solution, such as Crystal Enterprise or an unmanaged RAS server

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