|Crystal Reports is the standard reporting tool for Visual Studio .NET used to display data of presentation quality. You can display | | |multiple-level totals, charts to analyze data, and much more in Crystal Reports. Creating a Crystal Report requires minimal coding since it| | |is created in Designer interface. It is available as an integrated feature of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. | |
With Crystal Reports for Visual Basic.NET, you can host reports on Web and Windows platforms and publish Crystal reports as Report Web Services on a Web server.
To present data to users, you could write code to loop through recordsets and print them inside your Windows or Web application. However, any work beyond basic formatting can be complicated: consolidations, multiple level totals, charting, and conditional formatting are difficult to program.
With Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET, you can quickly create complex and professional-looking reports. Instead of coding, you use the Crystal Report Designer interface to create and format the report you need. The powerful Report Engine processes the formatting, grouping, and charting criteria you specify.
Using the Crystal Report Experts, you can quickly create reports based on your development needs: • Choose from report layout options ranging from standard reports to form letters, or build your own report from scratch. • Display charts that users can drill down on to view detailed report data. • Calculate summaries, subtotals, and percentages on grouped data. • Show TopN or BottomN results of data.
• Conditionally format text and rotate text objects.
Advantages of Crystal Reports
Some of the major advantages of using Crystal Reports are:
1. Rapid report development since the designer interface would ease the coding work for the programmer. 2. Can extend it to complicated reports with interactive charts and...