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Reporting from Proprietary Data Types
Crystal Reports is best known as the “reporting tool of choice” for use with any standard corporate database. “Standard” databases might generally be thought to include Microsoft Access or SQL Server, Sybase, Oracle, IBM Informix and DB2, and others that are well known in the mainstream of corporate database technology.
But, what do you do if your data is contained in some other form of database or data file? Well, if the database or data file system is very proprietary and out of the mainstream, and the vendor doesn’t provide an ODBC (open database connectivity) or OLE DB driver for the database, then you may be, quite simply, out of luck. However, many proprietary databases can be accessed via ...

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