Crystal Reports Level 2 (Advanced)

Course Length: 12hrs (2 Days)

Until now, you have used Crystal Reports to build and modify reports. You want to use the advanced functionality of Crystal Reports to generate reports in the format you desire. In this course, you will create complex reports and data sources using the tools in Crystal Reports. You will not only create more sophisticated reports including subreports and cross-tabs, but you will also increase the speed and efficiency of your reports by using SQL queries.

Even though you are familiar with Crystal Reports, you may take some time to study its various tools that enable you to generate reports with the desired data using advanced methods such as SQL querying. This way, you won't be slowed down by large databases or databases with which you are unfamiliar. By creating subreports, cross-tabs, and running totals, you will turn raw data into meaningful customized reports that will help your business run more smoothly. If you work with large databases, you may find yourself faced with performance issues. In this course, you will also learn to use tools that can increase the speed with which data is retrieved.

Learning Objectives:
In this course, you will create complex reports using tools in Crystal Reports. You will:

- Create automatic and manual running totals
- Work with cross-tab reports
- Add subreports
- Create drill-downs in a report
- Use SQL statements in report processing
- Create complex formulas
- Add charts to reports
- Enhance report functionality

Target Student:
This course is designed for people who know how to create basic list and group reports and need to create reports that include subreports, cross-tabs, advanced formulas, and charts based on more than one data series. They may also need to build tools that make it easier for other people to create reports. They may or may not have programming and/or SQL experience.

Course Outline:
Section 1: Creating Running Totals
Create a Running Total Field
Modify a Running Total Field
Create a Manual Running Total

Section 2: Working with Cross-Tabs
Create a Cross-Tab Report
Format a Cross-Tab Report
Create Groups in Cross-Tab Reports

Section 3: Adding Subreports
Insert a Subreport
Edit a Subreport
Share Variables

Section 4: Creating Drill-Downs in a Report
Create a Drill-Down
Create Headings for Drill-Down Data

Section 5: Using SQL Statements in Report Processing
Create a Report Using SQL Queries
Summarize Report Data
Create Joins Using SQL
Create Subqueries
Create an SQL Expression Field

Section 6: Creating Complex Formulas
Work with Loops
Work with Arrays

Section 7: Adding Charts to Reports
Create Charts
Create a Chart with Drill-Down
Create a Top N Chart
Create a Cross-Tab Chart
Create Charts for Grouped Data
Format a Chart
Create a Chart Template

Section 8: Enhancing Report Functionality
Organize Data Based on a Hierarchy
Create a Dynamic Image
Create a Report Alert
Create a Geographic Map