Crystal Reports in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

With Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 you can develop applications with Crystal Reports without using separate Crystal Report application installed in the development machine. They have provided Crystal Reports tool in standard toolbox in Visual Studio 2005 environment. Simply you need to drag and drop these controllers and develop your reports same as previously with Crystal Report. Advantage is you don't need to buy separate Crystal Report application and install them in development and deployment environments.

Fig 1: Crystal Reports Tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

If you have worked with Crystal Report previously, you might have experienced that working with Crystal Report is not very straight forward. Most of the time when you try to deploy developed reports most beginners face problems such as dll component registry problems, crystal image handler problems etc. With this method once you installed complete .NET framework in you deployment environment most of these problems can be easily overcome.

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