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We had the honor of having Brian Bischof visit us at the Diamond Developer Community this last week.  Brian is the author of the books Crystal Reports .NET Programming, Crystal Reports Encyclopedia, and the very popular website http://www.crystalreportsbook.com/. Although Brian is not an employee of Business Objects he has been a Crystal Reports advocate and evangelist for a number of years.  Over the years Brian has helped many people through his active participation in forums, by reading his blog or reading one of his books or website.

Brain was able to give us some great feedback on our new Diamond Community site. We took the time to video a discussion that he and I had on his work in the community and his initial thoughts on the new Diamond site.

During his visit he mentioned that he really hasn  t had time to take a good look at Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005. This was a great opportunity to set up a meeting with him and one of our local Visual Studio experts Dylan Lopez. Dylan and Brian recorded two video interviews that should be useful to the Visual Studio developer community.

Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005 Feature Summary

Category

New Features

Designer

  • Design Time Preview
  • Export and Print within the Preview
Windows and Web Application
  • Crystal Report Project Template
  • Smart Tags

  • Code Snippets

  • ToolTip Disable Option

ASP.NET Application

  • ReportSource Control
  • Automatic Data Binding

  • Exception Event Handling

  • CrystalReportParts Viewer

  • High Quality Thin-Client Print Control

  • Themes Support

  • Group Tree Customization

  • Custom Toolbars

  • Cascading Style Sheets for Customizing the CrystalReportViewer Control

  • Multilingual client support

 

  • SQL Server 2005
  • Object Collections

  • DataSet Performance Improvements

  • Integrated Authentication (Single Sign-On)

 Platform

  • Updated Crystal Reports engine
  • 64-bit support

Additional Information 

Crystal Reports for Visual Studio:

http://www.businessobjects.com/products/reporting/crystalreports/net/default.asp

Learn more about what Brian does at www.crystalreportsbook.com

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