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Business Objects: Crystal Reports 2 Data Access FAQ

Data Access for the Developer using Crystal Reports by dcm
Posted: 11 Mar 01

Data Access for the Developer using Crystal Reports.

As there are a number of differing methods of using CR as a developer, I have outlined the procedure for establishing data access for the following:

Using the Report Designer Component (craxdrt.dll) with Visual Basic

Having set up your Report Object as follows:
    Dim CRXReport As CRAXDRT.Report
    Set CRXReport = New CrystalReport1
    Dim CRXReport As New CrystalReport1

1)    with Datafile data source (e.g. Btrieve, Paradox, dBase, MSAccess etc.)

         Set CRXTables = CRXReport.Database.Tables
         Set CRXTable = CRXTables(1)
         CRXTable.Location = ôC:\Program Files\Seagate Software\Crystal Reports\Samples\Databases\Xtreme.mdbö

2)    with SQL Native connection data source (e.g. MS SQL Server)

        Set CRXTables = CRXReport.Database.Tables
        Set CRXTable = CRXTables.Item(1)
 CRXTable.SetLogonInfo  ôTheSQLServerö, öpubsö, öAdminö, öAdminö

3)    with ODBC connection

        Set CRXTables = CRXReport.Database.Tables
        Set CRXTable = CRXTables.Item(1)
        CRXTable.SetLogonInfo ôXtreme Sample Databaseö,öXtremeö,öAdminö,öö

4)    ADO Recordset

Having first defined your recordset as follows:
    Dim rs As New ADOR.Recordset
    rs.Open ôSelect * From Customerö, ôXtreme Sample Databaseö
        Set CRXTables = CRXReport.Database.Tables
        Set CRXTable = CRXTables.Item(1)
        CRXTable.SetDataSource rs
        CRXTable.SetDataSource  <recordset>

5)    with OLEDB Providers (e.g. MS Access)

        Dim cnn1 As New ADODB.Connection
        Dim datcmd1 As New ADODB.Command
        Dim strCnn As String
        Set cnn1 = New ADODB.Connection
        strCnn = ôProvider=MSDASQL;DSN=Xtreme Sample Database;UID=Admin;PWD=ö
        cnn1.Open strCnn
        Set datcmd1 = New ADODB.Command
        Set datcmd1.ActiveConnection = cnn1
        datcmd1.CommandText = ôCustomerö
        datcmd1.CommandType = adCmdTable
        CRXReport.Database.AddOLECommand cnn1,datcmd1
CRXReport.Database.AddOLEDBSource ôDSN=Xtreme Sample Database;DBQ=xtreme.mdb;DefaultDir=c:\Program Files\Seagate Software\Crystal Reports\Samples\Databases;Driver=odbcjt32.dll;DriverId=281;FIL=MS Access;MaxBufferSize=2048;PageTimeout=5;UID=admin;ö,öCustomerö

Or for MS SQL Server


NOTE the reference to SQL_OLEDB above is not the correct entry - remove the underscore in use - it's only there because I keep getting an emoticon for

Or for Oracle

Provider=MSDAORA; PWD=password ; User ID=Admin;Datasource=TheOracleServer

Using the Report Designer Component (craxdrt.dll) with Visual Interdev

Having created your Application and Report objects as follows:

        If Not IsObject (session("oApp")) Then
        Set session("oApp") = Server.CreateObject("CrystalRuntime.Application")
        End If

        Path = Request.ServerVariables("PATH_TRANSLATED")
        While (Right(Path, 1) <> "\" And Len(Path) <> 0)
 iLen = Len(Path) - 1
        Path = Left(Path, iLen)

'This "While/Wend" loop is used to determine the physical path (eg: C:\) to the 'Crystal Report file by translating the URL virtual path (eg: http://Domain/Dir)

        If IsObject(session("oRpt")) then
        Set session("oRpt") = nothing
        End if

        Set session("oRpt") = session("oApp").OpenReport(path & reportname, 1)

You can then execute the SetLogonInfo method as follows:

        userid = "Seagate"
        password = ""
        set crtable = session("oRpt").Database.Tables.Item(1)
        crtable.SetLogonInfo "Automation", "pubs", cstr(userid), cstr(password)

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