Crystal Reports(R) 9: The Complete Reference
||Author: George K Peck|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (19 November, 2002)
Sales Rank: 5,738
Average Customer Rating: 3.2 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Good reference--Let's be fair
For critics of this book, the author explains in the preface that calling this book "complete" is a marketing tool--albeit one that is a bit misleading--and that there is no way a reference on Crystal Reports will be "complete" enough to answer every single quesion. Granted there are ways the book could be improved (more screen shots, more typical scenarios, etc) but so far this is the best CR 9.0 book that I have found. Perhaps book publishers should consider this.
Rating: 2 out of 5
"Complete Reference" - NOT
When I hear the word OR read the word "complete", I tend to believe that's exactly what it is ... complete. This book, however, quite often refers you to the online help and does not give adequate information about the existing functions methods that are currently in the Crystal Reports. "The Complete Reference" means I can look up any function and read a description of what that function does and how to use it. This book does not provide that. Furthermore, I have previous versions of Crystal Complete Reference and this book, along with others repeats the EXACT wording out of those other books. I figure, I can understand why because it's accumulative, but, I would rather have a separate book with JUST the new features.
Rating: 3 out of 5
I read the review from "J. Mecina from NM" entitled, "the incomplete reference, February 20, 2003" before buying this book. I think his review is on the mark. Unfortunately, this was the best book I could find that covers the CRD (Crystal Reports Designer) control for Visual Basic.
I'm a VB developer with several years of experience and have written many Crystal Reports from simple to moderately complex. So when looking for a good book on the subject, I'm looking for advanced topics. And as was said, unfortunately, this book was not everything that I'd hoped it was. But it still seems to be the best one that I could find. And I spent a good deal of time searching. So... Buyer beware. And good luck.
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