Reporting from SQL Databases
As newer leading-edge database applications are released, fewer and fewer make use of PC-style databases. The performance and capacity limitations of local PC databases often limit their usefulness for larger, performance-dependent applications. Instead, most newer applications rely on client/server database systems. A client/server system includes two parts: a client, typically a PC running software such as Crystal Reports or a data-entry application, and a server, typically a larger, high-end PC running a Windows server platform, a midrange, or even a mainframe computer. The server maintains the database, and the client makes requests of the server for database access. Many different client/server databases ...