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Chapter 17. Introduction to Crystal Repo... > What Is the Crystal Repository?

What Is the Crystal Repository?

The Crystal Repository is a database of commonly used components that report developers can share between Crystal Reports. These components include:

  • Text objects: Reusable text, such as company addresses or confidentiality text.

  • Images: Bitmaps, metafiles, Tiff, JPEG, and PNG image formats.

  • Custom functions: Business logic that could be reused by passing in new fields as variables.

  • SQL Commands: Encapsulated SQL Commands that enable you to write free-form SQL for data access, including parameters. The results are seen as a table by Crystal Reports.

  • Business Views: New functionality that allows for the complexity of the datasource(s) to be abstracted, allowing for more productive report development. This is explained in more detail further in the chapter.


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