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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Using Crystal Reports

Crystal Reports is the professional reporting tool that is bundled with Visual Studio .NET. This tool automatically handles low-level printing operations, such as paging and print preview, allowing the developer to concentrate on designing the content of the report. You design Crystal Reports graphically, by arranging report fields in the integrated Crystal Report Designer. The Crystal Reports engine merges your report layout with a data source to come up with the finished report. In this section, we demonstrate how to design a Crystal Report and display it in your program.

Setting Up a Data Source

Crystal Reports are data-driven. Even before you begin designing a report, you need to have a good idea of where the data ...

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