Last post Mar 19, 2013 11:34 AM by prabu.raveendran
Mar 17, 2013 04:41 PM|Hunain Hafeez|LINK
what are crystal reports ?
where and why crystal reports are used ?
Mar 17, 2013 04:45 PM|MetalAsp.Net|LINK
They're, well, reports. "They" are used to generate, well, reports. So it's a report generation tool.
Mar 17, 2013 08:20 PM|Hunain Hafeez|LINK
reports about what ? what kinda reports ? and why thery are necessary ?
Mar 17, 2013 08:56 PM|MetalAsp.Net|LINK
I'm afraid only you know what reports you want. It depends what data you want to present as a report/invoice or whatever.
Mar 18, 2013 12:23 AM|oned_gk|LINK
Reports is specialy for printing. The output is paper. The size like a4, letter, folio, envelope etc.
There are deferent features between web page and report, for example calculation, page break, page numbering. grouping etc.
There are some reports application and crystal report is one of most popular report application.
Use crystal report (or other report software) if you want paper output with better format.
To learn/understand basic report try ms access report using wizard.
Mar 18, 2013 07:32 AM|Ajay2707|LINK
First I say in the market there is so many reporting tool available. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reporting_software ,
Crystal report is widely used reporting tool. It is a third party tool-Business intellgense(now merge with SAP).
Another reporting tool called Sql Reporting (Microsoft Reporting tool and inbuilt with visual studio) is also widely used in .net application.
Now you think what is reporting tool.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Report ,
So it is a tool to represent your data as an output of your application.
A report on which you analyze your business or it is a summary or simply say it is a output result of your system.(check this
See link for crystal report and where to used.
Mar 18, 2013 07:49 AM|Ajay2707|LINK
In Crystal report, you can customize print by select paper size of A2,A3, A4 etc or your custom page-size like printable billing paper , even though you can print on your latter pad also. There is so many customizing option of your data to print as you
want. Also print directly to server printer.
Mar 18, 2013 08:55 PM|Hunain Hafeez|LINK
so i have to do it programatically or by some wizrd in VS ?
Mar 19, 2013 11:23 AM|Ajay2707|LINK
from both you can do it. For design prospective you must installed crystal report as per your visual studio.
When you create new crystal report , there is option to create by-wizard or by manually( I forgot the exact option). S you are create first time, then go by wizard option, it will ask db connection option, then choose your table/s or sp/s to use for data.
If you have parameter in sp ,then set default value in report selection formula.. etc. and there is so many things......
see this all link with source code
Mar 19, 2013 11:34 AM|prabu.raveendran|LINK
Crystal Reports is the built-in report designing tool in Visual Studio .NET and it is fully integrated with windows and web applications. It is very easy to use and design the reports with it. to add a report to a visual studio .NET projects (windows
or web) you just need to right-click on the project name and add new Items, and add the crystal report from the list. As a result Visual Studio adds a report to the project and opens the report designer to let you design and edit the reports.
Some of the major advantages of using Crystal Reports are:
1. Rapid report development since the designer interface would ease the coding work for the programmer.
2. Can extend it to complicated reports with interactive charts and enhance the understanding of the business model
3. Exposes a report object model, can interact with other controls on the ASP.NET Web form
4. Can programmatically export the reports into widely used formats like .pdf, .doc, .xls, .html and .rtf