Creating your First Crystal Report for Use in a .NET Application
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Published: 16 Mar 2010
Have you ever had to create a custom report within an application you have written for a customer? Most developers have, and there are two schools of thought on how developers normally perform this task. Some choose to create the report using the same technology that the application was created in (ASP, WinFrom, WPF) while others choose to use a reporting package such as Crystal Reports. Using a reporting package will help create reports rapidly. This article walk you through the creation of your first report using Crystal Reports.
by Jeff McWherter
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Reports are a mere after thought on many projects. A great deal of effort is put into creating forms to manipulate the customer’s data, but many developers and project managers wait until the last minute to create reports. At this point in many projects, the budget is nearly gone, and project stakeholders are looking for something that may not be delivererable within the current budget constraints.  When the time comes, that a customer asks for a great deal of data to be formatted in a specific way, with multiple search criteria selected, developers are often times left scrambling to develop a solution to fit within their budget.

Depending upon the complexity of the data to be rendered, some developers decide to present the data to their users using the same technologies that their application was create created with (ASP, Win Forms, WPF, etc.) instead of a reporting package such as Crystal Reports. Many believe because that budget constraints mean that they do not have time to learn a new tool or purchase reporting tools. In simple situations, this option may be viable, but when your reports start to become more complex, using libraries that are created specifically for report writing will make life much easier. This is where Crystal Reports comes in.

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Title: Many thanks   
Name: binam
Date: 2010-10-19 3:29:41 AM
Many Many thanks for this article .
Title: A Look at Crystal Reports   
Name: Tahir Yaqoob
Date: 2010-10-11 6:35:28 AM
A very nice article for any beginner to crystal reports.... thank's baby!!!!!!
Title: Article   
Name: Shawpnendu
Date: 2010-05-10 8:51:42 AM
Very nice for novice developers.
Title: General Help with Crystal   
Name: Elizabeth
Date: 2010-04-27 3:18:06 PM
Very helpful. A get started article allowing me to use Crystal without a lot of time spent learning.
Title: Article   
Name: Junaid
Date: 2010-03-22 9:42:00 AM
It is such a useful to us. as i am a beginner so i got a very clear idea about Crystal Report.
Title: article   
Name: dave himanshu
Date: 2010-03-22 6:55:26 AM
such a good job!!!
Title: deploy crystal report   
Name: john
Date: 2010-03-16 8:06:24 PM
Great article. Thanks.

Once I have created a crystal report using visual studio 2008, what do I have to deploy to my server for the report to work on a shared hosting server?

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