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Chapter 6. Customizing ePortfolio for Ra... > Understanding ePortfolio’s Interacti...

Understanding ePortfolio’s Interaction with Crystal Enterprise

To emphasize a point, the ePortfolio interface is just one of an infinite number of front-end interfaces to the functionality provided by Crystal Enterprise. The differentiating factor for ePortfolio is that Crystal Decisions treats ePortfolio as the default Crystal Enterprise client tool.

Regardless of interface to Crystal Enterprise, ePortfolio included, each one interacts with Crystal Enterprise through an underlying object model that can be driven through a COM-enabled scripting language such as JavaScript (see Figure 6.1 for a schematic). ePortfolio is such an application. The CSS files are an added benefit because they enable quick modification of color schemes to match an intranet site.


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