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I have a big amount of data to retrieve from one or two databases and print them in a matrix printer.
Should I make reports in crystal reports or make it in a function in VB using the Printer.print....intructions?
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asimoesAsked:
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pbirkbeckCommented:
If you have a large amount of data from multiple data sources and need to create a report here is what I would do:

Crystal is notoriously bad and slow for doing anything but the easiest of joins in the same database, let alone across data sources.  Create a table in one of the databases.  If this is a
report that you run all the time, just create it and leave it there.  If you want to, you can create the table on the fly in your source but it is much easier if it is just there already.  In your program, write the code that will:
   a) delete the contents of the table
   b) select the data you need out of as many disparate data
      sources as required
   c) insert the data into the report table
   d) use Crystal to report off of that one table

I think you'll find that you will have much more control over your reported data that way.

Paul
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traygreenCommented:
Depends on what you want out fof the data.  If it is just a quick and dirty dump user the printer object.  If there is a good chance the format of the output needs to change and you don't want to have to read a layout file to print or recompile, then use Crystal Reports(as then anyone can make the changes)
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asimoesAuthor Commented:
Well.This is the situation:
Every time I report is printed I need to save in a table some data saying that that report come out.
Can I control this with the Crystal Reports or it's better to do it with the printer object?
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pbirkbeckCommented:
Crystal or the printer object won't save any data to a table, you have to do this with plain old VB and just show a message box or something.  Maybe I don't understand the problem fully.  Presumably the user clicks a button or something in your program to force the report to come out.  At this time you would save something to the database to indicate it has been produced.
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asimoesAuthor Commented:
Well that´s the way it is, so What should I use printer object or Crystal Reports?
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