What Visual Studio Developers Should Know About Crystal Reports 2008
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Published: 28 Jan 2008
Abstract
Crystal Reports 2008 was released in October 2007. This article (written in Jan 08) explains the ins and outs of the CR2008 versions, integration with VS versions, side-by-side compatibility, upgrading reports and general features of interest to Visual Studio Developers.
by Julia Lerman
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Introduction

Note that this was written in January 2008. Changes to Crystal Reports 2008 are expected that will impact the validity of some of the findings in this article in the future.

In October 2007, Business Objects released the latest version of Crystal Reports, called Crystal Reports 2008.

The new version of Crystal Reports does have some very cool features. While the sexiest features are the integration of Adobe Flex, Flash and Xcelsius charts, as a developer, I am more interested in the pragmatic enhancements, such as the ability for end users to do things like sorting and easily modify report parameters, the smaller footprint of the runtime that we have to deploy and design time improvements, such as an Intellisense-like feature when working in the formula builder that help me out.

There is a lot of documentation on the Business Objects website explaining and demonstrating the new features.


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