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Crystal Reports XI 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 lot of hands-on practice. In addition, you will cover custom function, 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 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
  • Custom Functions
  • What is a Custom Function
  • Custom Function Arguments
  • When to use a Custom Function
  • Creating Custom Functions
  • Creating a Custom Function using the Custom Function Editor
  • Using Crystal Syntax
  • Using Basic Syntax
  • Custom Functions Properties
  • Using the Formula Expert and Custom Functions
  • Using the Formula Extractor
  • Custom Function Limitations
  • Using Advanced Formula Features
  • Advanced Formula Syntax
  • Review of If...then...else... Expressions
  • Alternatives to the IF THEN ELSE Function
  • Select Case Statement
  • Immediate If Function
  • IIF (expression, truePart, falsePart)
  • For Loops
  • Exit For
  • While Do Loops
  • Join Function
  • The Split Function
  • Crystal Formula Sizing Limitations
  • Crystal Reports, Data Access and SQL
  • What is SQL?
  • Direct Database Driver
  • ODBC
  • OLE DB
  • Viewing the SQL
  • SQL Commands
  • Creating a SQL Command
  • Adding a Parameter to the Command
  • SQL Expressions
  • Creating a SQL Expression
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Using the Database Expert for Linking
  • Order Links Dialog
  • Index Legend Dialog
  • Link Options Dialog
  • Adding and Removing Databases/Tables from the Report
  • Adding Tables to a Report Multiple Times
  • Changing the Join Type for a Link
  • Database Changes
  • Database Verification
  • Set Data Source Location
  • Re-mapping Database Fields
  • Views
  • Stored Procedures
  • Non ODBC Connection Types
  • Running Reports Efficiently
  • Understanding What Crystal Can Pass to the Database and How That Affects Report Performance
  • Strategies for Efficient Report Performance
  • Interpreting the SQL Query
  • Using an SQL Statement to Make a Report More Efficient
  • Record Selection and Performance
  • Performance Information
  • Report Definition
  • Saved Data
  • Processing
  • Latest Report Changes
  • Performance Timing
  • Server Based Grouping
  • Requirements for Server Based Grouping
  • Select Distinct Command
  • Manual Cross-Tab Reports
  • Creating a Cross-Tab Object
  • Creating a Cross-Tab without the Expert
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Formatting Subreports
  • Parameter Tips and Tricks
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Formatting Page Headers
  • Using Fonts to Enhance Readibility of your Report
  • Windows Character Map
  • String Fields and Dates
  • Dates Activity
  • OLAP Reporting
  • OLAP Explanation
  • OLAP Servers
  • Creating an OLAP Report
  • OLAP Report Formatting

 
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