This article intends to provide an easy way of incorporating rich reporting functionality into your application using Crystal Reports .NET. Microsoft provides Crystal Report development environment integrated with Visual Studio .NET. It is very easy to develop reports using this environment and also the reports developed in Crystal Reports .Net can be very easily exported in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format or Micrsoft word Format by just incorporating few lines of code.
The article addresses readers with basic understanding of crystal reports and who need to understand exporting of crystal report in different formats as selected by the user. The code is a generic code and can be used by changing very few configuration settings as explained below.
Using the code
Before using this code create a report using Crystal Report .Net in Visual Studio by connecting to the database. It is assumed here that the report is developed using pull method i.e. connecting to the database at design time and binding the report fields. The source code provides with the ReportPageBase.cs class, which can be inherited in the pages where the report needs to be displayed. On click of button or on page load call the overloaded function LoadReport, which accepts atleast two arguments report name and report format as ReportExportFormat enumeration. If the report needs filtering or some parameters in the report like dynamic display of title of the report then the same function i.e.
LoadReport function with few more arguments has to be used.
LoadReport function invokes GenerateReport of the
ReportUtility class, which actually generates the report for the supplied arguments.
private void wcbtnGetReport_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
One of the interesting pieces of code to look at is the database connection code. The code allows the report to connect to database(s) at run time by setting the configuration file. In the configuration file change the values for the items in bold according to the project requirements.
<add key="ReportServerName" value="10.200.32.216"/>
<add key="ReportDataBaseName" value="Northwind"/>
<add key="ReportUserId" value="sa"/>
<add key="ReportPasswd" value=""/>
<add key="PhysicalReportPath" value="C:\\inetpub\\wwwroot\\ReportUI\\"/>
<add key="ReportExportedTempReportPath" value="D:\\Temp\\"/>
So you see, it takes care of the development and deployment environment, if both are different (in most of the cases they are).
LoadReport function invokes
GenerateReport of the
ReportUtility class, which actually generates the report for the supplied arguments. One of the interesting piece of code to look at is the database connection code. The code allows the report to connect to database(s) at run time. So you see, it takes care of the development and deployment environment, if both are different (in most of the cases they are).
foreach(CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine.Table lrptTable in
lrptTableLogin = lrptTable.LogOnInfo;
lrptTableLogin.ConnectionInfo.UserID = ReportConstants.ReportUserId;
lrptTableLogin.ConnectionInfo.Password = ReportConstants.ReportPasswd;
lrptTableLogin.TableName = lrptTable.Name;
lrptTable.Location = lrptTable.Name;