Migrating Away from Crystal Reports to Straight PHP
Posted on 2011-09-06
I have interesting idea for a customer who uses Crystal Reports to run their invoices and certification letters on their Intranet.
It is setup to pull data from a MySQL database, show the result in the web browser which they then click EXPORT then choose PDF and export it.
My idea is to use fPDF (or something similar) to create the same report, PHP pulling in the data from the database and organizing it, then instantly making a PDF file with the file's default name (that they normally have to type in).
Is there anything that Crystal Reports does that I could not simulate in PHP?