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Topic: Free book give away!
Posted By: BrianBischof
Subject: Free book give away!
Date Posted: 12 Nov 2006 at 6:17pm
To promote the new forums, I'm giving away free autographed copies of my Crystal Reports .NET programming book. There are two ways you can win:
  1. Be one of the first 100 users to post a question and I'll randomly pick three people to give a book to.
  2. ANSWER 25 questions. I'll send you an autographed book to show my appreciation for your help on the forums. After all, I can't do this by myself!
There are only a couple rules:
  1. The questions/answers must be legitimate. If you are posting junk just to get a free book, then this doesn't count (I make the call here).
  2. One registration per person.
  3. You can live ANYWHERE in the world and I'll still mail you the book and pay all expenses. Thus, if you live in India and can't afford to buy a book for yourself, this is your way to get a copy.


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Posted By: ranbro3
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2006 at 4:07pm
Originally posted by BrianBischof

To promote the new forums, I'm giving away free autographed copies of my Crystal Reports .NET programming book. There are two ways you can win:
  1. Be one of the first 100 registered users to post a question and I'll randomly pick three people to give a book to.
  2. Be one of the first five people to ANSWER 25 questions. I'll send each of the five people their own copy.
There are only a couple rules:
  1. The questions/answers must be legitimate. If you are posting junk then this doesn't count (I make the call here).
  2. One registration per person.
  3. You can live ANYWHERE in the world and I'll still mail you the book and pay all expenses. Thus, if you live in India and can't afford to buy a book for yourself, this is your way to get a copy.


Posted By: ranbro3
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2006 at 4:11pm
I truly need a book on Crystal reports as I am interviewing for a job that requires it.  Is this the kind of help someone can give me in order to better my future?   Please send to Randy at 13325 W Cambridge Ave,  Goodyear. AZ. 85338


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2006 at 4:30pm
Hi Randy,

I'm only giving away the books on a random drawing basis to encourage participation in the forums since this is new to the site. However, I do have all the chapters from my Crystal Reports XI book online for free and I have two chapters from the Crystal Reports .NET book online for free as well. This forum also has lots of good questions/answers to review.

So there are numerous free resources on my site to help you get ready for your job interview. You should be more than ready for that interview!



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Posted By: farhanhs
Date Posted: 19 Dec 2006 at 4:34am
thanks brian for this generous offer:) i'm from pakistan and can't pay in dollars. hopefully i'll get the free copy

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Posted By: xliu75
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2007 at 9:37am
Thank for your offer.

Smile


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Posted By: Hiep
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2007 at 1:15pm
Hi Brian,
I need to learn Crystal Report ASAP for many of our coming projects. We have VS 2005 professional and we are developing window applications using VB. Would your book teach us what we need?
Hiep Dotrong
Sr. System Analyst
mailto:hiep.x.dotrong@sprint.com - hiep.x.dotrong@sprint.com
Sprint Nextel Corp.


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2007 at 1:37pm
I've had many people buy my book for VS 2005 and everyone seems pretty happy. The biggest difference is that if you are doing an ASP.NET website, then you can't use embedded reports. This functionality was removed for VS 2005 (disappointing, but it still works for Windows apps). You have to use the ReportDocument.Load() method to print reports in ASP.NET. But since you are building a Windows app, then the book should be 95%+ accurate. 

And it's even MORE helpful if EVERY developer has their own copy of the book. 


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Posted By: Olivia
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2007 at 2:33pm
I would really really appreciate having this new book as my company uses Mas 90 & 200.  I am the techincal support and I run into problems all the time.
 
For Example:
 
I don't know what database I am suppose to link my GL account that is in purchase order entry.
 
Would you be able to help me out?
 
Olivia


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2007 at 5:04pm
Hi Olivia,

This site specifically deals with the software program Crystal Reports. I don't know anything about Mas 90 and its unlikely anyone here will be able to give you specific help on it.


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Posted By: ganesh
Date Posted: 19 Jan 2007 at 9:01pm

hi brain

i waiting for your book



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Posted By: veremue
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2007 at 6:12am
what system are you using? what database system are you using? you need to identify the tables containing the fields you want on your report. then check how you can link them.

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Posted By: jr4jane2004
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2007 at 3:45am

Hi Brian,

My name is Renato from Australia. I recently started work as a Business Analyst. I will be using Crystal 10 as a reporting tool. I need a good book to read to fast track my knowledge of Crystal.


Cheers
Renato


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2007 at 9:22am
Hi Renato,

You can read my upcoming book online for free. It teaches you CR XI, but most of the topics apply for Crystal Reports 10 as well.

http://www.crystalreportsbook.com/CrystalReportsXI.asp - http://www.crystalreportsbook.com/CrystalReportsXI.asp


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Posted By: jr4jane2004
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2007 at 4:36am

Hi Brian,

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Appreciate it. This will help me learn the software faster.


Posted By: htorrescr
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2007 at 9:40am
I'm registered now, hope I am lucky enough to have one of those copies :)  Thanks. 


Posted By: blackndecker
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2007 at 5:54pm
Hi Brian
 
Thanks for the link to your book. I'll be needing it as I have recently started my new role as a Reporting Specialist. Better yet, I might even be fortunate enough to get a free copy of it.
 
Looking forward to utilising this forum a lot.
 
Regards


Posted By: TokyoAnt
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2007 at 10:41pm
Hi Brian,
 
Great to have an opportunity to say hello. I purchased your Crystal for.NET & really enjoyed its friendly style. It was very easy to understand. I had never touched Crystal before. Now I'm up to my neck in it & fortunately you exposed some of its quirks as well as simply 'how to use this'.
 
Is this new book you're talking about the .NET one or a new one, the Encyclopaedia? If it's more focused on Crystal (not .NET crystal), I'd be very interested in checking it out as that's what I'm using now.
 
Thanks very much!
 
Ant
 
P.S the forum looks good!
 


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2007 at 12:20am
Hi Ant,

Glad you liked my last book! This new book is a bit of a twist on what is out there now. Instead of writing one book that covers everything and is huge, I'm creating a two volume "Encyclopdia" set of books. The first strictly covers CR XI Professional edition and is only for end users. NO CODE! The second book is an update of my CR.NET 2003 book for the 2005 version. This way you can pick your poison depending upon whether you want the technical or non-technical edition.

I'm very excited because I'm only two chapters away from finishing Volume 1 (XI). But I'm also very nervous because once it's finished there is nothing I can do to go back and make it better if people don't like it. I was hoping that by putting the free chapters online then I would get great feedback from readers. But only a couple people have sent me comments so I don't know if that is good or bad.  Oh well, I'll do the best I can and hope that it helps people and that they are nice to me on the Amazon.com reviews. 

Take care.

Brian


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Posted By: htorrescr
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2007 at 6:58am
Hola Brian. I'm sorry I didn't give you my opinion about your free chapters before, I was very busy at work solving some misteries of CR XI, that's why I came to your site and found some very valuable information and I want to give you THANKS for that.  "Writing Functions Manually" was very useful for all of us who don't have too much time to read technical manuals.
 
I want to share something I learned these days working with SQL2005 and CRXI ReportDocument object (VS C#).  I have the next table (just an extract for this example):
 
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Invoice](
 [PK] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
 [GrandTotal] [money] NOT NULL
) ON [PRIMARY]
 
GrandTotal is declared of money type, when I change the currency symbol with a formula in desing time it works fine (in preview mode it shows the symbol the formula returns), but in run time it doesn't (still shows the same currency delcared via Customize Formula Editor dialog box).  The solution was to cast GrandTotal to decimal :
 
CAST(Inv.GrandTotal AS decimal(19, 4)) AS GrandTotal)
 
Do you know why this happens? 
Have a GREAT time & thanks again.


Posted By: TokyoAnt
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2007 at 12:11am

Hi Brian,

Good to talk to you. I actually bought your .NET book off Amazon at good recommendations from most reviewers & was not disappointed. I had NO experience with reports (.NET developer) but was starting a job requiring C# & Crystal. I thought it was going to be .NET crystal but it turned out to be Crystal 10 so I need to buy your next book, but your .NET book gave me enough knowledge to work out most of it (Stuff like double declaration of shared variables would have thrown me! ) But the IDE is quite different so I'll be looking into your new book.

As far as comments/feedback goes, I'll do my best. To be honest your last book was really good. I can't think of much to criticize. Of course being a C# developer, I would have liked to have seen that up front instead of VB but that's 50/50 I guess. I personally think C# is more predominant than VB but that's just my guess.
 
If I find something I'll certainly let you know. Until then keep up the good work.
 
Ant
 


Posted By: ncshannon
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2007 at 12:15pm
Hi Brian,
 
Just wondering where to help out with the 25 questions. Please send them to my email - mailto:ncshannon@pdq.net - ncshannon@pdq.net   I would love to help out best I can for the opportunity to get your autographed book.
 
Thanks


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2007 at 2:52pm
Hi Nancy,

Thanks for your offer of help. That's very gracious of you. All you need to do is browse through the forum and if you see a question you know the answer to then post it. Over the next month or so, once you hit 25 questions that you've answered, then I'll send you a private message asking for your mailing address to send the book to.

The first free book I gave away was to Hilfy b/c he has been very active on the forum over the past couple of months and it really helps to build the community this way.

Thanks,

Brian





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Posted By: hilfy
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2007 at 10:15am
Originally posted by BrianBischof


The first free book I gave away was to Hilfy b/c he has been very active ...
 
Actually, Brian, it should be "...she has been very active..." TongueBig%20smile
 
-Dell


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2007 at 11:28am
Ah yes, she has been very active. 

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Posted By: ScubaVal
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2007 at 7:42am
Hi, Brian,
I think you have made a very generous offer.  I am relatively new to Crystal Reports and I just got a whopping job that includes web design, database development, and integration of various applications, including Timberline Accounting software, MS Project, AutoCAD, and a few others.
 
I know SQL and I have used other reporting apps, and I have gleaned some great information from these forums.  I'm sure your book would help me tremendously!
 
This is the biggest and best job I've ever had.  If I can get as proficient in CR as I am in my other skills, I would be delighted.
 
Thanks!  Best of everything to you!
Valerie


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Posted By: pilotmrk
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2007 at 11:42pm
       when i open a report file i get the error message
Tongue
      "INVALID TLV RECORD"
 
       How to get rid of this error ?


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Posted By: bobsn
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2007 at 7:39am
Hi Brian,
   I am working on Crystal reports for a while now and would be interested in getting your .NET crystal book..
 
I am in here for one... I will be looking in the forums to see if I can answer someone's concerns.
 
Thanks


Posted By: pruef
Date Posted: 04 Apr 2007 at 4:12pm
I would love a free book but I'm not sure if I'm too late or not.  I'm new to Crystal Reports and need all the help I can get.
 
Clap


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Small Oregon Police Department


Posted By: hlzhang
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2007 at 11:39am
I'm working on crystal reports and .net fro a while. Hope I'm not to late for the free book. I will try to answer questions in forum too.


Posted By: jjwalker2
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2007 at 9:17am
Hello, I would like to know how widely used Crystal Repots is, and what other software competes with it?

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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2007 at 10:27am
Crystal Reports is the most widely used reporting software on the market. The competition depends upon what are you are in. For deveopers you have SQL Server Reporting Services and Active Reports. Or you have Jasper Reports for Java. There are various tools out ther.

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Posted By: hassanjassan
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2007 at 12:16am
I registered, I'm looking forward to your book.
I hope I'm still one of the first 100.

thank you for this opportunity!


Posted By: brenzo
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2007 at 6:14am
Originally posted by BrianBischof

To promote the new forums, I'm giving away free autographed copies of my Crystal Reports .NET programming book. There are two ways you can win:
  1. Be one of the first 100 users to post a question and I'll randomly pick three people to give a book to.
  2. ANSWER 25 questions. I'll send you an autographed book to show my appreciation for your help on the forums. After all, I can't do this by myself!
There are only a couple rules:
  1. The questions/answers must be legitimate. If you are posting junk just to get a free book, then this doesn't count (I make the call here).
  2. One registration per person.
  3. You can live ANYWHERE in the world and I'll still mail you the book and pay all expenses. Thus, if you live in India and can't afford to buy a book for yourself, this is your way to get a copy.
I would really like to be one of the lucky people to receive your book. I love this book but its very hard to get it here in Lesotho. I am developing windows applications using VB.Net2005 and report using crystal reports.Since im new to crystal reports im really struggling. How do i print data from the Database using crystal reports, i have fully functional system developed using VB.Net2005 and MSAccess im left with reporting.
Ta!


Posted By: basic_boy
Date Posted: 18 Apr 2007 at 1:51am
i've transfered from java to .net, i'm currently have to do some projects requiring using report.however. I'm not quite good at this area.it would be great if you can give me a copy, hopefully i'm one in the first 100. Thank you
 


Posted By: Klaus
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2007 at 2:36pm

Hi Brian

Thank for your generous offer.

We are a brand new cancer care site offering services in medical oncology and radiation oncology. We are running Mosaiq by Impac as our EMR and will be using crystal reports.

Is your book suitable for novices like us?

Regards

Klaus



Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2007 at 2:56pm
I'm not sure what Mosaiq is. But the book is good for novices to learn report design. I also have tutorials to walk you through the steps of dfferent report features so that you 'learn by doing'.


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Posted By: Klaus
Date Posted: 19 Apr 2007 at 10:46pm

 Initially there will be about 3 people that will be writing reports and 150 users. What are some of the better platforms to publish Crystal Reports, taking into account different geographical locations, access and security.

Klaus


Posted By: Pilgrim
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2007 at 8:06am
Mr. Bischof,

I would like to thank you for writing Crystal Reports .Net Programming.  As I am new to Crystal Reports, it was a huge help to me learning Crystal Reports.  If your Crystal Reports XI book is anything like it, it should be a very informative and helpful book.

I was wondering if you could tell me about the main differences between Crystal Reports X and Crystal Reports XI.  Thanks for any information you can offer!


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2007 at 10:52am
Hi Pilgrim,

Glad you like the book. For the XI book I'm taking a different approach and using a tutorial format. Each chapter will have a few tutorials to reinforce the concepts discussed. I'm hoping that this makes it easier for newbies to improve their CR skills. I'm crossing my fingers that it works out well.

Regarding XI improvements, their website has good list of changes. For me, the big improvement for XI are the DCPs. This gives you the ability to build prompts that are hooked to the live database and are linked to each other. Previously you had to be a programmer to get this functionality. Very cool.


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Posted By: Pilgrim
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2007 at 7:25am
Originally posted by BrianBischof

Hi Pilgrim,

Glad you like the book. For the XI book I'm taking a different approach and using a tutorial format. Each chapter will have a few tutorials to reinforce the concepts discussed. I'm hoping that this makes it easier for newbies to improve their CR skills. I'm crossing my fingers that it works out well.

Regarding XI improvements, their website has good list of changes. For me, the big improvement for XI are the DCPs. This gives you the ability to build prompts that are hooked to the live database and are linked to each other. Previously you had to be a programmer to get this functionality. Very cool.


Thank you for your response, I'll take a peek at their website.  Oh, I like the ideas of a tutorial format.  I could see that being really helpful.


Posted By: EscApe
Date Posted: 07 May 2007 at 4:23am
28 messages sent to forum, most of those are answers to questions (as good answers as I could squeeze out of me).

Am I even close to the free book?

Cheers,
Esc


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 07 May 2007 at 9:13am
Hi Esc,

Yes I see that you have been very busy on the forum lately. I appreciate the help! However, I've noticed that some of your posts are on questions that have already been answered (including mine and Dell's). At first I was confused why there were additional posts when the question had been answered. Plus, your answer was different from what had resolved the problem. So that made things a bit more confusing for me. But now I'm concerned that in some cases you posted a response just to increase your count and get a book? If you want a free book, I'm happy to send one to anyone who helps out on the forum. But please take your time and answer questions you feel really confident about (and if you aren't certain of the answer then it can just confuse the person answering the question). There is no need to answer every question in a single day if you aren't totally certain that the answer is what the client needs.

But yes, I'll be happy to send you a free book when it's available in June since I'm seeing you make a solid effort to help people. Please just make sure the answer is one that you feel very confident about.

Thanks,

Brian


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Posted By: Muralie
Date Posted: 12 May 2007 at 4:56pm
I would really really appreciate having this new book.  I am the techincal support and I run into problems all the time.
 
 
 
Krishna


Posted By: SolHar
Date Posted: 14 May 2007 at 5:38am
Hi.
 
I'd really love one.
 
I'm more than disappointed with the documentation of cr.net and the support site of business objects.
 
 
I've started this forum a couple of hours ago and I've found several solutions to many of my challenges using this forum, that I was not able to find on any other site/forum.
 
Thanx all ;.)


Posted By: gracia
Date Posted: 18 May 2007 at 5:57am
Hi!
 
I'm actually new to Crystal Report, please bear with me if I will post so many questions from time to time, by the way I'm using peoplesoft as my developing tool and oracle for the database. Right now I am working on Operational Reports and I really need to learn Crystal report since it's what our clients are requiring us for Reports.
 
Thanks for knowledge sharing!
 


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Posted By: LizW
Date Posted: 22 May 2007 at 12:54pm
 I need the book, cause I'm a dumb blonde.  Tongue
 
And my report was due Yesterday.
 
 
Otherwise, need the address and price for it.   Can it be purchased through Barnes and Nobles?  (they take County Government PO's).
 
Thanks,
Liz


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 22 May 2007 at 1:00pm
Yes, the book can be purchased at any bookstore. Just call in advance in case they need to order it.

If you wish to help out with answering any forum questions, then I would greatly appreciate it. It helps build the community and benefits everyone.

Thanks.


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Posted By: tehhz
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 8:33pm
Hi, BrianBischof

I have just registered as a member. Hopefully, I am the lucky one to get the free e-book.

As for answering 25 questions, can you send me the details at tehhz@hotmail.com?

Brian Teh.

Smile


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 29 May 2007 at 10:01pm
Hi Brian,

Glad that you are interested in the book. Re the part about answering questions, there aren't really any details about it. Just browse the forum when you have time and post an answer when you see an open question that you know. If you answer 25 questions then I'll mail you a free book when it comes out in August.

You help support the forum community and I'll give you a book. That's it! 


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Posted By: DotNetDoctor
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2007 at 3:50pm
Hi Brian Smile
 
WELL, its really refreshing to come across a exclusive/dedicated Forum for .NET Crystal Reports .........
no wonder I got this among the first search-results when I googled Wink
 
 
I would really really appreciate having this new book.  Tongue
 
Presently, I am in the US, I am going to be dealing with .NET Crystal Reports in plenty ......... so it would be more than a BIBLE of sort for us Developers !!! Big%20smile
 
Pls. let me know - what all do I need to do to avail of this [free e-book] ? Shocked
 
 


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2007 at 4:17pm
Glad you found the site. Since it is too much work for me to help everyone out everyday, I'm hoping to build the community with people who pitch in and help with questions and give advice. So if someone answers 25 questions on the forum (no rush, just whenever you see something you know about) then I'll send out a free autographed book. It helps me not stress so much and it helps out everyone on the forum. 

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Posted By: selva1982
Date Posted: 11 Jun 2007 at 1:39am

Thank y u in advance to help us in getting the E book



Posted By: pgroover
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2007 at 8:34am
Without trying to sound as if I simply want the book, although I would like it, I want just say thanks for providing the opportunity for everyone to have a chance at receiving it.  It's not often that such a generous offer is made on a world-wide basis.


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Posted By: LizW
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2007 at 8:40am
Brian, just to let you know that Rob Venus helped me with an issue, and he was GREAT.  Clap   Nailed the problem, and showed me how to do multiple columns very easily - not a crossTab. 
Thanks for your wonderful site and thanks to Rob!!


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Posted By: siddheshwar
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2007 at 11:40pm
Thanks Brian for such nice offer

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Posted By: JDMiller
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2007 at 12:14pm
I am looking for a good crystal report scheduler that will allow me to defer the printing of crystal reports to off business hours.  Preferably FREE.Wink


Posted By: sharmaanilat
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2007 at 7:31am
Clap
How will one create a report usig more then one databases in a single report.


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Posted By: pgroover
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2007 at 7:41am
I'm fairly new to CR as well, but it seems like the quick and dirty answer is to add the connections you need to the form the same as if it were a single database.  There may be a limit for doing this, but again, I am new and could be way off but that's the first thing that comes into my mind.

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Posted By: srauniyar
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2007 at 6:51am
Hi,
 
Nice to hear this offer. I have learnt few sample lesson from ebook and really the book is worth to every programmer.
 
So, I want to say that ALL the BEST to  every body.


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(Software Engineer)


Posted By: Mike Bone
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2007 at 4:32am
Hi there
 
For someone who wants to progress onto gaining knowledge and experience of using Crystal Reports apart from having access to the software itself what would be the list of essentials to go forward?


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2007 at 5:04pm
Just read my free online chapters. They give you lots of info and provide screen shots too.

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Posted By: MLadyLynne
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2007 at 9:39am
Brian,
 
Please accept this post as an entry for the Free Book giveaway.  Our company is in the middle of an ERP and using Oracle.  I understand we will be using Crystal Reporting, so I would love to get a head start in learning how to use this valuable program!


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Posted By: analyst73
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2007 at 1:06pm
Brian:
I am very interested about Crystal Report. I have skill in creating report in Business Object, but want to learn more about Crystal Report. Also, I am wondering what is the difference between both of them.  Hopefully, I got your free book.
 
Thanks
Andi


Posted By: wf.vincent
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2007 at 12:17am
G'Day from Australia Brian,
As a soon to be new user of CR I'll be refering to your site (and hopefully your book) quite heavily. The company i just got hired at is migrating from an inhouse report designer to CR for the custom reports of our clients. Look forward to typing to you and the rest of the regulars here.
 
WF.Vincent


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2007 at 12:19am
Welcome aboard, Mate! 

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Posted By: SunilKanta
Date Posted: 09 Aug 2007 at 12:03am

Hey Brian,

Thanks!!,

I refferred your online book, its simply awesome. It helped me fixing many of my problems. I think i need still more details about handling "Invalid Group Condition" exception.

Cool Book Man!! 



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Sunil


Posted By: OkieJohn
Date Posted: 12 Aug 2007 at 12:28pm

I utilize VS2005.net  still fairly new to it but know even less about the crystal reports part of it.  I can do simple report pulling from an access database but when it come to selective queries to place in a report I am lost.  I have tried using xsd datasets  but My report always ends up blank just the headers appear. The book I am sure would help me with these problems but in the meantime how can get a simple query to display in a report?



Posted By: deathprincess
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2007 at 3:26am
Hi, I am Philipp John Polo, a software engineering student from Philippines. i want to have a the book for cystal reports but i cant afford one. we are having our software development  using c#.net and we need crystal reports for the reporting and we have no idea about it. can i have one of the books?
pls.. thank you so much..


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Posted By: cefoxtrot
Date Posted: 20 Aug 2007 at 1:31pm
Hi there,

I am new to this area, but I have been dealing with databases and report generators for a long time. Now I have to learn CR quickly, as one of my new customers is requesting that we use only CR. So, here we go...

I'll be participating on this forum in the near future, I am sure...

Thanks!


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Posted By: rsoby
Date Posted: 23 Aug 2007 at 1:19pm
Its great your are giving one away - but I have been reading it as you put it up and it would only be another reference book open on my deskBig%20smile as I learn this tool
 
 
Rich


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Posted By: foxy
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2007 at 1:27am
Hi Brian,
 
I have been learning more and more as you have put up your online chapters.
 
The company I work for in the UK (county council) has just set up a new dedicated crystal reports & business objects team. There are 4 of us at the minute.
 
This forum has been really helpfull over the past couple of months and I hope to be a regular contributor to the site for some time to come.
 
I think having a copy of your book as a bible would be invaluable and I hope I can maybe get a free copy as I am regularly posting questions on the forum.
 
All the best


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2007 at 1:04pm
Hi Foxy,

Yes, I see that you have been asking questions as well as answering other people's questions. I appreciate your assistance on the forum and contributing your knowledge to help others. It will be great to have you here as a regular contributor as you work on your projects. PM me your address and I'll get you a copy of the book later this week when they arrive. 

Brian


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Posted By: p&ccrystal
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2007 at 12:01pm
Hi Brian,
 
I already have your Crystal Reports .NET Programming book. I really am anxious to see your new book. I just set up Crystal Reports Server 11.5 and need a lot of help. Thank your mother for me for proofing the Crystal Reports .NET Programming book. I have difficulty reading some technical books with grammatical errors and I really needed the content you provided. You probably did not have many errors anyway but it makes a big difference to me when I am reading.
 
I thought I read that there are some chapters of your new book on-line somewhere but I have not been able to locate them.
 
Thank you,
P&CCrystal


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2007 at 12:12pm
Glad you like the CR.NET book. The new book is only for CR XI Professional. Many chapters are online. The CR.NET 2005 book is just getting started now so I don't have any chapters online for it yet. I expect to release it in January 2008.

And I'll tell my Mom that you said thanks. 


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Posted By: swarajvalluru
Date Posted: 22 Oct 2007 at 4:18am
Hi, 
Please provide me the link to download free e-book of Crystal Reports XI


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 22 Oct 2007 at 10:14am
I do not have the complete book online. However, I have many excerpts from chapters posted online.

http://www.crystalreportsbook.com/CrystalReportsXI.asp - Crystal Reports Encyclopedia


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Posted By: scott14
Date Posted: 24 Oct 2007 at 11:25pm
I registered for forum membership, but don't find the "25 Questions" to try for the free book.

Beyond registering to join this forum, where do we also register for a chance for your book?

Thank you.

Scott


Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 25 Oct 2007 at 8:04am
Hi Scott - there isn't a set  of 25 questions that need to be answered as a test. I simply mean that people who are active in the forum will receive a free book. This helps build the community. So once I see that someone is a regular here and has answered 25 questions then I send them a free book. So far three people have been regular contributors and gotten books.

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Posted By: tobin2750
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2007 at 6:20am
Hello, Brian --
 
While I assume I'm too late to be one of the first 100 to pose a question, I'd be more than willing to provide you meaningful responses to your 25 questions.  How do I go about becoming more active in your forum so that I can achieve this?
 
Thx in advance,
-- Tobin


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Posted By: BrianBischof
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2007 at 12:59pm
Hi Tobin,

Thanks for your interest in participating in the forum! If you want a free book, all you have to do is be active. If you see a question or two you know the answer to, just post your response. I keep up with everything going on and I see everyone who is helping to make this forum great. I've already given away five books to members who have been extremely helpful for others needing advice. As the forum grows and more members help each other out, this will be a great resource for everyone using Crystal Reports!


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Posted By: Savan
Date Posted: 01 Jan 2008 at 9:43pm

Hi Brian

Can i get a copy of your book

 

 



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Thanks
Savan


Posted By: BobS
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2008 at 6:05am
Hey Brian,
 
I have a similar problem to Randy, in that I have been requested to manage a project which involves a lot of crystal report work and while I had some training a few years years back I would very much like access to your free resources to sharpen up.


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Posted By: suelynn
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2008 at 7:08am
Hi Brian,
 
I'm new to the board as well and posted a thread on where a beginner can get online training and sent you a pm.  I just saw this thread and would be interested in the book too.
 
I'll be interviewing for a position in which I need to know Crystal Reports and I've never used it before.   My interview will be next week.
 
Any help would be appreciated from anyone.  I really want this job!
 
Thanks,
Susan


Posted By: rsoby
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2008 at 9:48am
Susan-
   The help would depend on what part or role you are being asked to play - If you are going after building reports - then you will probably not be able to learn enough fast enough to pass a technical interview, but the basics of query data, joins, and formating would put you in good stead - talk to that
- If you are doing reporting - then CR  (or the BO Variants) is just a tool, a mechanism to get the data - the real challenge is the knowledge of the data - where is it, how do you collect it (is the data model 'walkable'?) {ie if there are many to many joins in the path - you will play He$% trying to get a good result} - and do you know the data - that is do you understand the nuances of say an assigned job versus a temp job when you are reporting on JOBS as there would be 3 answers to the question - SHOW me JOBS for people?
You can learn the details of CR over time and what I've seen on this site is a great help (I've found many gems hidden throughout it) - Demo in the interview you know REPORTING if you want the job or you understand the BUSINESS that is needing the reports -
Pardon me if I offend anyone and spare me the flame mail - but CR is just a tool to do reports - We used to have arguments when orgs would change from MSword to or from Word Perfect - the learning was in doing word processing (knowing hanging paragraphs, and tabs (as opposed to Hard return and spaces) - learning how Word or WP did it was easy if you knew what you had to do.  That is overly simplistic, but knowing how to make (get the data, and the right data) , format (make it readable and look good), and timliness (down and dirty is sometimes way better than pretty.....and late) should be why they hire you - impress that on them - then buy the book when you get the job and solve problems
My 2 cents
 
Rich


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Posted By: Lugh
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2008 at 10:30am
I'll agree with Rich here.

I got my current position developing Crystal Reports having never touched them before.  But, I know the heck out of SQL, and I'd done a lot of reporting in Access.  The SQL knowledge helped me build really powerful reports out of the gate (admittedly, all the power was in the query, and the report was just showing the final data set).  The Access knowledge meant I had some idea how to lay out reports nicely for easy reading.  The combination is about 80% of making reports right there.

I read Brian's earlier book on Crystal programming (as part of my task originally was to wrap these all in a .Net app).  I read the heck out of the help file (admittedly, Crystal does not have the best help file, but you have to start somewhere).  I cruised forums like this one (though, again, Crystal has some of the worst user forums of any major software product I've ever used, present company excluded Sleepy ).

Personally, I'd look around for Learning Tree or the like.  They generally have very good Intro to Crystal classes.  Their advanced classes are generally pretty thin on the ground, but you may not need those.




Posted By: vallance
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2008 at 5:44pm
Hey Everyone,
     My Name is Chris and I recently started working at a Law school doing reporting for them and statistics as well. I was just introduced to reporting programs (specifically Crystal) last month when I got here, and I really have fun while making reports now that I've learned how to use the damn thing. hehe
I bought Brian's book along with the manual and have read through it. I am thinking about asking them to buy me the other books that he has so I can have them, but I am not sure if they will buy them all for me.
Anyways, I'll start checking these forums periodically now that I know they exist. Thanks a bunch!


Posted By: rsoby
Date Posted: 29 Jul 2008 at 11:11am
Let me make the decision easy for you -
If your a IT specialist and you are going to make a living doing reports - you need the tools - If they won't buy them, do it your self (think of it as investing in your next bonus) - BTW it is deductable as unreimbursed employee expenses {no limit} as is anything you need to do your job (supplies, computer gizmos, software, anything job related your company does not pay for - keep receipts)
 
Simply stated - you do a great job, meeting the needs of your customer - they think you are irreplaceable and will write you 'atta-boy' letters and get you a raise, bonus etc -
What are you waiting for - order today


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Posted By: sudh
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2011 at 5:35am
Hi Brain,
 
Happy to hear this news, i am very new to this site, however i learnt few techniques in crystal that i really do not know... i got your mail regarding check box demo. it was simply awesome. I got the same requirement earilier, however i have hard coded it and created report. please educate me on the crystal reports by sending the links that you have sent me today...
 
I really impressed with your demonstration on Check boxes..
 
Thanks,
Sudh


Posted By: bjones
Date Posted: 24 Oct 2013 at 4:21am
I am doing Crystal with Blackbaud DB and relations are not in the same order for each student. How extensive is the formula to get Father, Mother, Emergency Contact, Agency, or Consultant to go in the right field with their phone and Email?



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