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Special Edition Using® Crystal Reports® 10 by Roger Sanborn, Steve Lucas, Kathryn Hunt, Joe Estes, Michael Voloshko, James Edkins, Bob Coates, Naisan Geula, Ryan Marples, Neil FitzGerald

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Introducing Ad-Hoc Reporting Conceptually

Too many competing definitions of ad-hoc reporting exist to dispense with any introduction. This chapter does not pretend to address the larger question of defining ad-hoc as a concept, but rather seeks to place the Crystal Enterprise Ad-Hoc tool into context. Simply put, Ad-Hoc reporting or queries are impromptu questions you put to the data to extract answers. Although many permutations exist, from systems that enable the end user to directly query source data in raw form to accessing OLAP cubes, from tools for very SQL-savvy users to point-and-click tools, from preformatted or unformatted query tools to tools that enable pixel-level formatting, many tools and definitions exist in the marketplace.

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