Crystal Reports 2008 Intermediate Training

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Live Instructor-Led Online Class

Cost: $695.00

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Course Duration

2 Days

Course Description

This two-day Crystal Reports Intermediate Training is designed to enhance student's basic report writing skills and move them into creating more complex reports. Time will be spent walking through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, students will cover professional design, techniques, sub-reporting and advanced formulas. This course incorporates a number of hands on exercises that reinforce the learning process

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Work with report sections
  • Use the Running Totals Feature
  • Use Report Parameters
  • Work with Advanced Formulas
  • Use Sub Reports
  • Use Report Groups
  • Work with Cross-tab Reports
  • Use Report Alerts

Course Audience

This course is designed for people who know how to create basic reports and now need to create reports that include subreports, cross-tabs, advanced formulas. They may or may not have programming and/or SQL experience.

Course Prerequisites

Students should have completed, or have experience with, topics covered in the Crystal Reports 2008 Introduction Training course.

Course Syllabus

  1. Refresher Exercise
    • Review of Planning a Report
    • Creating the Report
    • Placing Fields on the Report
    • Creating the Formulas
    • Advanced Grouping
    • Selecting Certain Records
    • Helpful Hints for Formatting the Report
    • Adding and Working with Text Objects
    • Hiding and Suppressing Sections
    • Guidelines
  2. Power Formatting with Multiple Sections
    • Using Multiple Sections in Reports
    • Using the Section Expert to Work with Sections
    • Conditionally Formatting Multiple Sections
    • Challenge Exercise - Formatting with Multiple Sections
    • Challenge Exercise - Conditionally Formatting Using DrillDownGroupLevel
  3. Using the Running Totals Feature
    • Understanding Running Totals
    • Creating Running Totals for a List of Numbers
    • Conditional Running Totals
    • Challenge Exercise - Creating a Conditional Running Total
  4. Prompting with Parameters
    • Parameter Field Considerations
    • Creating a Parameter Field
    • Using a Parameter to Select Records
    • Using a Parameter Field
    • Using the Parameter Panel
    • Creating a Dynamic Value List for Parameter Values
    • Importing a Pick List
    • Adding Parameter Values to Text Objects
    • Allowing Multiple Values in Parameters
    • Using Multiple Parameter Fields in Reports
    • Specifying and Limiting a Range
    • Using Parameters in Conditional Formatting
    • Using an Edit Mask to Limit String Parameters
    • Sorting with a Parameter
    • Using a parameter to set N in a Top N Report
    • Cascading Parameters
    • Challenge Exercise - Using and Displaying Parameters
  5. Using Advanced Formula Features
    • Understanding How Crystal Reports Processes the Data
    • What Is a Pass?
    • Using Evaluation Time Functions
    • Working with Variables
    • Declaring a Variable
    • Assigning a Value to a Variable
    • Using a Variable in a Formula
    • Variable Scope
    • Separating Statements in Complex Formulas
    • Working with Arrays
    • Understanding the Evaluation Time Debugger
    • Challenge Exercise - Understand and Set Up the YTD Comparison Report
  6. Using Sub reporting as a Workaround Solution
    • Understanding Sub reports
    • Unlinked versus Linked Subreports
    • Creating an Unlinked Sub report
    • Linking a Subreport
    • Database Links versus Subreports in One-to-Many Situations
    • Formatting the Subreport
    • Passing Data from the Main Report into a Subreport
    • Creating On-Demand Subreports
    • Creating Hyperlinks
    • Using Subreports to Link "Unlinkable" Data
    • Challenge Exercise - Creating Reports with Linked Subreports
  7. Creating Powerful Groups
    • Creating Custom Groups
    • Customizing Group Sort Order
    • Using Group Selection to Filter the Records in the Report
    • Grouping on a Formula Field
    • Grouping Hierarchically
    • Challenge Exercise – Create Customized Grouping
    • Challenge Exercise - Using Group Selection
    • Challenge Exercise - Creating a Group Using a Formula
  8. Working with Cross-Tab Reports
    • Understanding How Cross-Tabs Affect Your Data
    • Creating a Cross-Tab Report
    • Creating a Cross- Tab with Multiple Rows or Columns
    • Applying a Formatting Style to the Cross-Tab
    • Customizing the Cross-Tab Format
    • Changing Background Colors
    • Formatting Individual Cells
    • Changing the Summary Operation
    • Suppressing Rows, Columns or Totals
    • Repeating Row Heading for Multi-Page Cross-Tabs
    • Using Alias Names for Column and Row Headings
    • Charting Cross-Tabs
    • Customizing Cross-Tab Group Names
    • Using the CurrentFieldValue Function
    • Challenge Exercise - Cross-Tab Reports
  9. Report Alerts
    • What are Report Alerts
    • Creating Report Alerts
    • Basing Report Formulas or Conditional Formatting on Report Alerts
    • Creative Usage for Report Alerts
    • Challenge Exercise - Using Report Alerts with Parameter