When creating formulas, you have the option of using either Crystal or Basic syntax. If you are familiar with Microsoft Visual Basic or other versions of Basic, then Basic syntax may be more familiar to you. In general, Basic syntax is similar to Visual Basic except that it has specific extensions to handle reporting.
Report processing is not slowed down by using Basic syntax. Reports using Basic syntax formulas can run on any machine that Crystal Reports runs on. Also, using Basic syntax formulas does not require distributing any additional files with your reports.
For descriptions and examples of individual functions and operators, go to http://support.crystaldecisions.com/updates and search for cr8_formularef.zip.