C# Print to Cystal Reports

Hello Expert, I have a windows form and I would like to send to crystal reports the infomation that is in the textboxs. And I need it to print to the printer without  it actually opening the Crystal Reports Viewer. Is there anyway you can help me.
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jvoros1Asked:
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simion_tishlerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hey dude

I don't know how much you know so I'II tell you from the start to finish.

You have to create a dataSet and attach it to your project. This should not be connected to a form. So go add new item/dataset to project. Or you can create one using xml if you know how to do this I have a sample below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<xs:schema id="Duplicate_Letters_DataSet" targetNamespace="http://tempuri.org/Duplicate_Letters_DataSet.xsd"
      elementFormDefault="qualified" attributeFormDefault="qualified" xmlns="http://tempuri.org/Duplicate_Letters_DataSet.xsd"
      xmlns:mstns="http://tempuri.org/Duplicate_Letters_DataSet.xsd" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
      xmlns:msdata="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-msdata">
      <xs:element name="Duplicate_Letters_DataSet" msdata:IsDataSet="true">
            <xs:complexType>
                  <xs:choice maxOccurs="unbounded">
                        <xs:element name="vis_APP_DUPLICATE_LETTERS">
                              <xs:complexType>
                                    <xs:sequence>
                                          <xs:element name="DATESENT" type="xs:dateTime" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="APPLICANT_NBR" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="LETTER_CONTENT" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="SUBURB" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="STREET" type="xs:string" />
                                          <xs:element name="STATE" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="POSTCODE" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="PIN_NBR" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                          <xs:element name="GIVEN_NAME" type="xs:string" />
                                          <xs:element name="SURNAME" type="xs:string" />
                                          <xs:element name="SEX_CODE" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
                                    </xs:sequence>
                              </xs:complexType>
                        </xs:element>
                  </xs:choice>
            </xs:complexType>
      </xs:element>
</xs:schema>

Okay so the idea is too create this dataset bases on what you want to see on the crystal report. So it may not be a copy of some table in a database.

Then what I did was to create a crystal report based on the dataset. Use the wizards.

Then when the program is running you collect the data from the form create a dataset on the fly during runtime. Then you make the dataset the datasource of the crystal report and then open the crystal report.

Heres some code on the above.

DataSet DuplicateLettersSet;
                  
                  this.Cursor = Cursors.WaitCursor;

                  DuplicateLettersSet = DuplicateObj.Get_Refund_Duplicate_Letters();

                  if(DuplicateLettersSet.Tables["vis_app_duplicate_letters"].Rows.Count>0)
                  {
                        Print_Duplicates_Letters PrintDupLettersFrm = new Print_Duplicates_Letters(DuplicateLettersSet);

                        PrintDupLettersFrm.MdiParent = this;
                        PrintDupLettersFrm.Show();

                        
                  }
                  else
                        MessageBox.Show("There are no 'Refund' duplicate letters in the queue","Print Refund Duplicate Letters",MessageBoxButtons.OK,MessageBoxIcon.Information);

In my case I didn't have to create the dataset on the fly I got it from the database and passed it to the constructor of a class that opened the crystal report.

Heres the code to open the crystal report

private void Print_Duplicates_Letters_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            {                  
                  Duplicate_Letter DupLetters = new Duplicate_Letter();
 
                  DupLetters.SetDataSource(DuplicateLetterSet);

                  crystalReportViewer1.ReportSource = DupLetters;
            }

Sorry if that is a alot to look at and I hope it helps.

Regards

Simion
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Have a look in the free ebook: http://www.crystalreportsbook.com
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jvoros1Author Commented:
I tried but I can't seem to find what i need the book is not finished from what i can see
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jvoros1Author Commented:
I tried  but it says invalid field name on my pir.rpt I have a Formula Field called Proj, do you know why i get this error?
 Reportpir =new pir();
                  ParameterDiscreteValue aParamDisVal = new ParameterDiscreteValue();
                  ParameterValues aParamVals = new ParameterValues();
                  aParamVals = myReport.DataDefinition.ParameterFields["@Proj"].CurrentValues;
                  aParamDisVal.Value = "Testing";
                  aParamVals.Add(aParamDisVal);
                  Reportpir.DataDefinition.ParameterFields["@Proj"].ApplyCurrentValues(aParamVals);
                  crystalReportViewer1.ReportSource = Reportpir;
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jvoros1Author Commented:
Thanks so much i got it working with your help Simion
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