Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET
||Author: David McAmis|
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Publisher: Wrox (23 October, 2002)
Sales Rank: 4,435
Average Customer Rating: 3.32 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
It's about the intersection of CR and .NET, not their union.
Page-for-page, I got a lot of value out of this book, and quickly (2 work days, cover-to-cover, running and tweaking the downloaded examples.). It concisely covers exactly what the title says it does - CR.NET - not stand alone CR 9, nor Enterprise. It addresses an issue that both Microsoft and Crystal/Seagate documentation have always given short shrift to in earlier versions of CR - how the tool (CR.NET) is intended to be used in the context of the larger IDE (VS.NET).
Still, the bad reviews here are somewhat valid. The important legacy issue of porting old CR 7 and 8 reports into CR.NET is not addressed - even though the topic would be germane to the subject matter. Also, while I haven't had any troubles using SQL Server stored procs in CR.NET so far, I have to agree that the topic is important and germane enough to deserve specific discussion. God help me for saying this about a Wrox title, but it would have been worth making it a little thicker to cover these topics.
And hey, it's nice to see Wrox taking the time to let one author write a thin, coherent book instead of rushing out the thick, incoherent collections of chapter-length articles that they usually do.
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Complete Reference
I am an old VB developer trying to make the transition to .NET. I bought the other crystal book (which is a back breaker) and found only a few pages of .Net. I picked this book up after having a read in the store and it fits the bill. I reccomend it.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Not for programmers
This book is largely useless from an ASP.NET development perspective. It completely omits the integration of stored procedures with data sets to build interactive parameter-driven reports. I found nothing in this book that discusses the pros and cons of importing and upgrading existing Crystal Reports vs. building new reports from scratch. This is a serious issue for most of us in the IT world who already maintain large inventories of Crystal Reports. This book might be useful for a complete novice, but most of what is provided in this book is intuitively obvious.
· Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET (Core Reference)
· Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)
· Professional UML with Visual Studio .NET
· Mastering Crystal Reports 9
· Crystal Reports(R) 9: The Complete Reference