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CRPT11L3: Crystal Reports (2008, 2011, 2013): Level 3


Duration: 2 Days

Course Description

This course is designed to show you how to create more complex reports. Time will be spent walking you through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, you will cover custom function, advanced formulas and report efficiencies techniques.


Successful completion ofCrystal Reports®: Level 1 & 2.

Course Content

Refresher Exercise

  • Review of Planning a Report
  • Creating the Report
  • Placing Fields on the Report
  • Advanced Grouping
  • Selecting Certain Records
  • Group Sorting
  • Group Charting 

Advanced Database Concepts

  • What is SQL?
  • Native Database Driver
  • ODBC
  • OLE DB
  • ODBC, OLE DB or Native
  • Using the Database Expert for Linking
  • Adding a table Multiple Times
  • Changing Join Types
  • Database Changes
  • Database Verification
  • Set Data Source Location
  • Re-mapping Database Fields
  • Views
  • Stored Procedures
  • SQL Commands
  • Creating an SQL Command 

Using the Advanced Formula Features

  • Select Case Statement
  • For Loop Control Structure
  • While… Do Loops
  • Do… While Loops
  • Building Arrays
  • The Split Function
  • Array Sizing Limitations 

Custom Functions

  • What is a Custom Function
  • Function Arguments
  • When to use a Custom Function
  • Using the Custom Function Editor
  • Using Crystal Syntax
  • Using Basic Syntax
  • Custom Function Properties
  • Using the Formula Expert and Custom Functions
  • Using the Formula Extractor
  • Custom Function Limitations 

Running Reports Efficiently

  • Understanding What Crystal Sends to the Database
  • Strategies for Efficient Report Performance
  • Using the SQL Statement
  • Record Selection and Performance
  • Performance Information
  • Report Definition
  • Saved Data
  • Processing
  • Latest Report Changes
  • Performance Timing
  • Server Based Grouping
  • Select Distinct Command 

Advanced Cross-Tab Design

  • Dissecting a Cross-Tab Grid
  • Cross-Tab Parts Listing
  • Row and Column Indexes
  • Summary Indexes
  • Grid Value Functions
  • Embedded Summaries
  • Conditionally Formatting Embedded Summaries
  • Calculated Members

Tips and Tricks

  • Manual Cross-Tabs
  • Formatting Subreports
  • Parameter Tricks
  • Using Unique Fonts in the Report