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Publisher Comments:

CRYSTAL REPORTS® 2008

OFFICIAL GUIDE

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

 

CATEGORY: Database

COVERS: Crystal Reports 2008, Crystal Reports Server 2008,

Crystal Reports Viewer, crystalreports.com, Xcelsius 2008

USER LEVEL: Beginning–Intermediate

 

 

informit.com/sams

 

Book News Annotation:

Intended for report designers and database administrators, this guide walks through content creation in Crystal Reports 2008. Business Objects employees discuss the importance of effective report formatting and data visualization and explain methods for connecting to non-native data sources. The last section focuses on the content distribution and advanced content creation with Crystal Xcelsius. Black and white screenshots are provided. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This is a comprehensive guide to the most recent edition of the top-selling business intelligence software package, Crystal Reports. It is authorized by Crystal Reports' parent company, BusinessObjects, as part of the BusinessObjects Press. As Crystal Reports insiders, the authors bring unique and valuable real-world perspectives to guide readers through how to apply CR's features in their own organizations. In addition to a basic grounding in CR, the authors cover all the new features and changes in the latest edition of CR, including the improved user and developer experience, new visualization options, improved Java integration, and more robust Web services capabilities. The book concludes with advanced content on report distribution, and integration into BusinessObjects Enterprise's secure managed reporting infrastructure.

About the Author

Neil FitzGerald recently founded Longtop International, a global sourcing firm specializing in Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Reporting solutions, and one of Business Objects' largest providers of custom reporting solutions. Prior to that he worked for Business Objects and Crystal Decisions for more than eight years. He is the lead author of three previous books on Crystal Reports, most recently Crystal Reports XI Official Guide, 0672329174.

Table of Contents

Introduction

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)

Information Analysts

Information Consumers

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

Web Resources

Intended Audience

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

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–HTML Preview

Crystal Reports in the Real World–SQL Commands

2 Selecting and Grouping Data

Introduction

Understanding Field Objects

Accessing Database Fields

Accessing Formula Fields

Accessing SQL Expression Fields

Accessing Parameter Fields

Implementing Running Total Fields

Using Group Name Fields

Special Fields

Working with Groups

Inserting Groups

Reordering Groups

Using the Group Expert

Grouping on Date/Time Fields

Hierarchical Grouping

Understanding Drill-Down Reports

Creating a Drill-Down Report

Hiding Details on a Drill-Down Report

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Group on a Formula

3 Filtering, Sorting, and Summarizing Data

Introduction

Filtering the Data in Your Report

Working with the Select Expert

The Record Selection Formula

Working with the Formula Editor

Learning to Sort Records

Working with the Sort Expert

Creating Effective Summaries

Creating Grand Totals

Creating Group Summaries

Using Group Selection and Sorting

Creating Running Totals

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Nesting Formulas

4 Understanding and Implementing Formulas

Introduction

Using the Formula Workshop

Navigating the Formula Workshop with the Workshop Tree

Using the Workshop Formula Editor

Arithmetic Formulas

Date and Time Formulas

String Formulas

Using Type Conversion in Formulas

Control Structures–Conditional and Looping Structures

Variables

Creating Formulas with the Formula Expert

Using the Formula Extractor to Create Custom Functions

The Multipass Reporting Process of the Crystal Reports Engine

Crystal Reports Processing Engine–Pre-Pass #1

Crystal Reports Processing Engine–Pass #1

Crystal Reports Processing Engine–Pre-Pass #2

Crystal Reports Processing Engine–Pass #2

Crystal Reports Processing Engine–Pass #3

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Custom Functions

5 Implementing Parameters for Dynamic Reporting

Introduction

Understanding the Value of Parameters

Creating and Implementing Parameters Fields

Reviewing Parameter Field Properties

Creating Parameter Fields

Setting Default Values for Parameter Fields

Implementing Parameter Fields

Using Parameters with Record Selections

Using Parameters with Top/Bottom N Group Selections

Creating and Implementing Dynamic and Cascading Parameters

Using the Parameter Panel in the Preview Tab

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Custom Filtering

II Formatting Crystal Reports

6 Fundamentals of Report Formatting

Introduction

Positioning and Sizing Report Objects

Modifying Object Properties for Formatting Purposes

Exploring the Format Editor Dialog Common Options

The Common Tab of the Format Editor

The Border Tab of the Format Editor

The Font Tab of the Format Editor

The Hyperlink Tab of the Format Editor

Other Format Editor Tabs

Combining and Layering Report Objects

Configuring Report Page and Margin Properties

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Exporting Options

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Referencing External Resources

7 Working with Report Sections

Introduction

Formatting Report Sections

Modifying Report Section Properties

The Section Expert Settings and Functionality

Using Multiple Report Sections

Resizing Report Sections

Inserting New Report Sections

Deleting Report Sections

Merging Report Sections

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Advanced Formatting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Advanced Formatting on Drill-Down Reports

8 Visualizing Your Data with Charts and Maps

Introduction

Using the Chart Expert

Using the Chart Expert Type Tab

Using the Chart Expert Data Tab

Using the Chart Expert Axes Tab

Using the Chart Expert Options Tab

Using the Chart Expert Color Highlight Tab

Using the Chart Expert Text Tab

Using the Map Expert

Using the Map Expert Data Tab

Using the Map Expert Type Tab

Using the Map Expert Text Tab

Modifying Chart and Map Properties

Modifying Chart Properties

Format Chart Options

Using and Creating Chart Templates

Specifying Chart Size and Position

Modifying Chart Options

Specifying Series Options

Specifying X-Axis and Y-Axis Options

Specifying Selected Item Formatting Options

Specifying 3D Viewing Angle Options

Modifying Map Properties

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Complex Charts

9 Custom Formatting Techniques

Introduction

Making Presentation-Quality Reports

Common Formatting Features

Working with ToolTips

Lines and Boxes

Creating a Vertical Text Watermark

Conditional Formatting–Using Data to Drive the Look of a Report

Applying Formatting from Another Field

Report-to-Report Linking and the Hyperlink Wizard

Report-to-Report Linking

Hyperlink Wizard

Find in Field Explorer

Barcode Support

Convert to Barcode

Convert from Barcode

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Advanced Charting

III Advanced Crystal Report Design

10 Using Cross-Tabs for Summarized Reporting

Introduction to Cross-Tabs

Benefits of Cross-Tabs

Leveraging Experience with the Spreadsheet Format

Horizontal Expansion

Custom Formatting

Using the Cross-Tab Wizard

Using Top N with Cross-Tabs Reports

Using Advanced Cross-Tab Features

Setting Relative Position

Inserting a “Percentage of” Summary

Horizontal and Vertical Placement

Inserting Summary Labels

Adding a Display String

What’s New in Cross-Tabs

New Cross-Tab Functions Defined

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Advanced Cross-Tabs

11 Using Record Selections, Sort Controls, and Alerts for Interactive Reporting

Introduction

Creating Advanced Record Selection Formulas

Record Selection Review

Displaying Record Selections

Dealing with Dates

Working with Strings

Pushing Record Selections to the Database

An Introduction to SQL Expressions

Adding Alerting to Your Reports

Creating, Editing, and Using Alerts

Using Alerts in BusinessObjects Enterprise

Performance Monitoring and Tuning

Group By On Server

SQL Expressions in Record Selections

Use Indexes on Server for Speed

On-Demand or Reduced Number of Subreports

Performance Monitor

Dynamic Cascading Prompts

Sort Controls

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Web Report Alert Viewing

Troubleshooting

12 Using Subreports for Advanced Reports

Introduction to Subreports

Common Subreport Usage

Adding Subreports to Your Reports

Understanding Linked Versus Unlinked Subreports

Considering Subreport Execution Time and Performance

Using Variables to Pass Data Between Reports

Emulating Nested Subreports

Troubleshooting

Crystal Reports in the Real World–Multiple Subreports

13 Using Formulas and Custom Functions

Introduction

Choosing a Formula

Product Details

ISBN:
9780672329890
Author:
Fitzgerald, Neil
Publisher:
Sams Publishing
Subject:
Database Management - General
Subject:
Business report writing
Subject:
Computer programs
Subject:
Business Communication - General
Subject:
Business Software - General
Subject:
Business report writing -- Computer programs.
Subject:
Database design
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Business Objects Press
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.9 x 7 x 1.4 in 912 gr

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