This course is aimed at VFP developers who want to use Crystal Reports as their main reporting tool. It will show you how to create a wide range of reports based on Foxpro data and how to integrate the reports into your VFP applications.
At the end of the course, delegates who meet the pre-requisites will be able to write VFP program code to manage and control Crystal Reports from within their applications. You will be able open, print, preview and export reports under program control, and give your users many options for modifying the appearance and behavior of the reports at run time.
To benefit from the course, you should be an experienced Visual FoxPro programmer with a good understanding of its OOP features. Experience of ActiveX Automation would be useful but is not essential. You do not need any previous knowledge of Crystal Reports.
Although the course will give you a useful start in designing reports, it does not aim to cover CR's report design or other end-user features in detail. The main focus is on programming and application development.
This part of the course concentrates on the Report Design Component and Report Viewer control. We do not cover the older integration methods, such as the Report Engine API or the Crystal OCX.
The course requires Crystal Reports version 8.5 or 9 Developers Edition (parts of the course are also applicable to version 7.0 Professional Edition). The course is equally suitable for programmers working with Visual FoxPro 9.0, 8.0 and 7.0.