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Getting Started

Visual Studio .NET 2003

Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET is the standard reporting tool for Visual Studio .NET; it brings the ability to create interactive, presentation-quality content — which has been the strength of Crystal Reports for years — to the .NET platform.

With Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET, you can host reports on Web and Windows platforms and publish Crystal reports as Report Web Services on a Web server.

For example, you can create a Web application that enables users to drill down on a chart and filter its information according to their needs. The chart is actually a Crystal report interacting with other controls in the application.

In This Section

Why Incorporate Reports into Applications?
Explains when to use reports in applications.
Reporting Fundamentals
Provides an overview of how Crystal Reports accesses data. This section also provides an overview of the report design process, and lists report distribution options.
Report Deployment Scenarios
Provides an overview of the client-side and server-side processes that occur when an application with reporting capabilities is deployed.
Crystal Reports Advanced Features
Lists the enhancements and new features of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET.
Registering Crystal Reports
Explains how to register Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET.
Support Services for Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET
Explains how to get additional information on Crystal Decisions technical support services.

Related Sections

Provides links to reports, walkthroughs, and pre-built sample applications.
Crystal Reports Architecture
Provides a high-level overview of the Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET architecture. Identifies major components and describes how they communicate with each other.