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Visual Studio 2005

The help provides you with information that ranges from basic concepts to detailed instructions on how to create Web or Windows applications in Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005.

Section Contents

The following is a short description of each of the remaining sections in this online help.

Start Here

This section provides a roadmap to this help and shows you the best place to start, depending on whether you're a report creator, developer, system architect, or IT deployment specialist.

Overview

This section explains how reporting tools add value to an application, and provides a summary description of Crystal Reports. It also describes the features that are provided with Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005.

Architecture

This section describes the three features that form the core of the Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005 SDK: embedded Crystal Reports Designer, report viewer controls, and object models. This section also compares the architecture across all Business Objects Reporting solutions.

SDK Fundamentals

This section explores the fundamentals of the Crystal Reports SDK, which include: object models, embedded reports, cached reports, report binding scenarios, persistence in Web pages, and optimization for scalability. These fundamentals help you plan the structure of your project.

Setting Up the Development Environment

This section provides detailed instructions on how to install and configure your development environment, and how to create a Web Site or Windows project using Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005.

Deployment

This section describes the deployment process for Web or Windows applications that are created using Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005.

Tutorials and Sample Code

This section presents a variety of tutorials across the full range of object models.

Creating Reports

This section provides detailed information about how to use the embedded Crystal Reports Designer within Visual Studio 2005. It also contains an overview of syntax you can use to create formulas in a Crystal report and provides a user interface reference.

Class Library

This section provides detailed information about the class libraries for the Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005 SDK.

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