Series: Osborne Complete Reference Series
Paperback: 1032 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 9, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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The text is one of the first available for Crystal Reports XI, and is largely a revision of the same material which has been presented in previous editions (which covered earlier versions of Crystal Reports). As you would expect, it does a solid job of covering all the basics. It even goes into some intermediate details in a few sections.If you are a beginner to Crystal Reports, then the book will be a valuable reference to you. If you're an experienced Crystal Reports developer or you have used previous versions of Crystal Reports, then this book will not get much use. The book does not have many "hints" or "secret tips" that make developing in Crystal Reports easier. However, the amount of material covered is good in that there is not much left out entirely, so even an advanced developer will find bits of useful information, particularly when using Crystal Reports in new ways or on new platforms, etc. For example, the new features presented in Crystal Reports XI are covered in considerable detail, particularly the various methods of implementing new report parameter features. And, thankfully, the sections detailing now-deprecated software components have been removed or minimized.If you're familiar with the earlier renditions of this book (i.e., for Crystal Reports version 10, etc.), then you will find this rendition exactly as expected.
Previous reviews led me to believe that this would be a good overall book, for both training and reference. However, this book is obviously aimed at people who have experience with previous versions of Crystal Reports, not for people who are just starting out. I will probably keep it as a refence guide, but will need to find something else to use as a beginners guide.
I have worked with Crystal Reports since version 8.5 and for about 4 years now. I am currently a Crystal Reports developer and create reports all day for my job. This book is a great tool for learning and provides me access to all the Crystal Syntax functions and other hard to reference materials. This book is also very in-depth and will provide a total knowledge to someone just learning.The hardest thing with Crystal is that buidling reports is more an art form then science considering the vast amount of options the developer has to solve any given business problem. The best way to learn is get this book and dive in to making reports.
I'm a Crystal person, but it's been a while since I went deep into it, and for a new position I wanted to get nice and shiny on the Crystal version they use. GREAT book. Very well-organized and a good pace. Easy to jump into chapters if you need to clarify something covered in more depth later on and then return to the place you started. I really like the extra tips - little bits of data about odd quirks of Crystal that have me going "Oh, so THAT'S why my report did such-and-such!" I have recommended this book to another person who also, like me, was deep into Crystal for several years but has focused more on other topics most recently.
I use mine on a regular basis. This book is in an easy to read and easy to follow reference manual. Every SQL statement is explained and includes and example statement as well as the results. The differences between SQL flavors (MSSQL, Oracle, MySQL) to get the same results are given when they exist. A must have for a quick reference manual.
This purchase was a "test" of using Kindle based Technical eBooks. The concern I had was for reading illustrations and index search.The Illustrations and diagrams can be displayed separately in full screen although not with any font changes (at least on my "old" Kindle. The main benefit is the license that allows me to use the eBook on several devices and this means on the Kindle or on the PC from which I am actually using Crystal Reports. On PC version is better than the printed book because of the search and index options never mind the fact that it is easier to carry the eBook between sites (multiple licensing means I do not carry the eBook anywhere).So here the / Kindle product has truly enhanced the written word. Good job.
George Peck is the definitive expert on Crystal reports. If you can't find the answer book, when you're asking the wrong question. I use this book on a regular basis for over 10 years, and found it always helpful.
I needed to use Crystal Reports for an assignment but hadn't used the program for years. I purchased this book and within 10 days I was designing reports that impressed the client. Mission accomplished!
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