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CRYSTAL REPORTS 2008 DESIGNER 3 WORKSHOP
Crystal Reports Training Overview

This two-day workshop is designed to expand your working knowledge of Crystal Reports and move you into creating more complex reports. Time will be spent walking you through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, you will cover custom functions, advanced formulas and report efficiencies techniques. This course incorporates a number of hands on exercises that reinforce the learning process.

Crystal Reports Training Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Designer 1 and Designer 2 Workshops is strongly recommended.

Crystal Reports Training Audience

Administrators, developers and end-users who need to create dynamic reports from varying data sources.

Crystal Reports Training Course duration

2 days

Crystal Reports Training Course outline


Refresher Exercise

  • Review of Planning a Report
  • Creating the Report
  • Placing Fields on the Report
  • Advanced Grouping
  • Selecting Certain Records
  • Group Sorting
  • The Report Header
  • The Group Chart
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • What is SQL?
  • Native Database Driver
  • ODBC
  • OLE DB
  • ODBC, OLE DB or Native
  • Using the Database Expert for Linking
  • Order Links Dialog
  • Index Legend Dialog
  • Link Options
  • Adding Tables to a Report Multiple Times
  • Changing the Join Type for a Link
  • Database Changes
  • Database Verification
  • Set Datasource Location
  • Re-mapping Database Fields
  • Views
  • Stored Procedures
  • SQL Commands
  • Creating a SQL Command
  • Adding a Parameter to the Command
  • Using Advanced Formula Features
  • Alternatives to the IF THEN ELSE Control Structure
  • Select Case Statement
  • Using the For Loop Control Structure
  • The Different Types of While Loops
  • While Do
  • Do While
  • Building Arrays
  • The Split Function
  • Crystal Formula Sizing Limitations
  • Custom Functions
  • Custom Function Arguments
  • When to Use a Custom Function
  • Creating Custom Functions
  • Creating a Custom Function Using the Custom Function Editor
  • Custom Function Properties
  • Using the Formula Expert and Custom Functions
  • Using the Formula Extractor
  • Custom Function Limitations
  • Running Reports Efficiently
  • Understanding What Crystal Can Pass to the Database
  • Strategies for Efficient Report Performance
  • Interpreting the SQL Query
  • Using a SQL Expression to Make a Report More Efficient
  • Record Selection and Performance
  • External Joins
  • Performance Information
  • Report Definitions
  • Saved Data
  • Processing
  • Latest Report Changes
  • Performance Timing
  • Server Based Grouping
  • Requirement s for Server Based Grouping
  • Select Distinct Command
  • Advanced Cross-Tab Design
  • Introduction to Advanced Cross-Tab Design
  • Dissecting a Cross-Tab Grid
  • Cross-Tab Parts Listing
  • Row and Column Indexes
  • Summary Indexes
  • Grid Value Functions
  • Embedded Summaries
  • Conditionally Formatting Embedded Summaries
  • Calculated Members
  • Cross-Tab Calculated Members Expert
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Creating a Cross-Tab With the Expert
  • Formatting Subreports
  • Parameter Tips and Tricks
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Using Fonts to Enhance Readability of Your Report
  • Windows Character Map
  • Appendix A: Setup Instructions for Crystal Reports 2008
  • Crystal Reports 2008 Application Installation Instructions
  • Installing Required Class Files
  • Appendix B: Setup Instructions for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
  • Installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
  • SQL Server 2005 Expression Edition Installation Instructions
  • Installing the AdventureWorks Database
  • Attaching the AdventrureWorks Database
  • Appendix C: The AdventureWorks Database

     
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