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Building Invoice Using CrystalReports

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I've never worked with CrystalReports (2005) before, but I've done quite a bit of work with ASP/ASP.Net.  Here's my situation.  I've got an application almost completely developed using a 3-tier structure (interface, business layer, data layer).  I need to now integrate CrystalReports for the purpose of printing an invoice.  Basically, when the user views an invoice on the screen two functions are invoked from my BLL - GetInvoiceDetails and GetLineItems.  The first one gets details such as who the customer is, the job it's for, the date, etc.  GetLineItems, interestingly enough, gets all the line items for the invoice.  Both take a parameter for the invoice ID from the query string.  What I can't for the life of me figure out however is how to build a report using these two functions as the data sources.  To provide a little more info, GetInvoiceDetails returns a custom 'Invoice' object, and GetLineItems returns a DataTable.  I would love it if someone can give me some insight into how to do this, preferably with references and/or code samples.  Thanks in advance!
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Crystal wants either a dataset (the result of your functions) or to link directly to teh database.  I don't believe that it can use your functions.

Can you connect Crystal to the database ?

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Sorry it's taken me so long to respond - haven't had time to get back to this.  Can I dynamically build a dataset from the data from those two functions and bind the report to that?  I'd prefer not to bind the report directly to the database if at all possible.  Thanks.
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You should be able to.  Idon't know how to do it.

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Just create two stored procedures that accept the Invoice ID as a parameter.  Then, create the invoice as a main report (customer info) and a linked subreport (detail).

You can even denormalize the whole thing into a single stored procedure (repeating the customer info for each detail line.  That woulkd allow you to do this in a main report without a subreport.

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Again, sorry for the delay.  I'd really prefer to not directly connect to the database if I can avoid it. mlmcc has indicated that it's possible to bind to a dataset that I've dynamically built - does anyone know how to build the dataset and bind to it?
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I don't know how to do it in ASP.  Creating the dataset is specific to your database.

Here is code to pass a dataset to Crystal.  It is not in ASP
http://www.emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2006/09/Feeding-Crystal-Reports-from-your-application.aspx

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