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The Expert's Guide to Crystal Reports Formulas

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The Expert's Guide to Crystal Reports Formulas:

The Basics of Writing a Crystal Reports Formula
        What Formulas Do
        What Formulas Can't Do

Formula Building Blocks
        Browsing and Pasting Literal Values
        Editing a Formula
        Moving a Formula to Another Report

Character Formulas
        Basic Character Operators
        Character Operators that Generate Boolean Values
        Character Functions

Numeric Formulas
        Basic Math
        Numeric Functions
        Summary Functions
        Summary Functions Across Detail rows
        Summary Functions Across Totals

Date Formulas
        Date Math Operators
        Using Today’s Date 
        Other Date Functions
        Assembling a Literal Date
        Converting a Date to Text
        Using IN with Date Range Functions
        Other Date Functions in Versions 8 and 9
        Date Tricks

Boolean Values
        The Basic IF-THEN
        Multiple IF-THEN
        Select / Case
        Is a Value "Between"
        Is a Value "One Of"
        The IsNull() Function
        Writing a Selection Formula
        Selecting Null Values
        Boolean Tricks

Misc. Functions
        Next() and Previous()
        OnFirstRecord, OnLastRecord
        Using Comment Marks

        An Overview of using Variables
        Syntax Rules for Variables
        Displaying a Variable
        Running Total formulas - the “Old Way”

Variable Ranges and Arrays
        Storing a Range Variable
        Displaying the Range Variable
        Creating an Array variable
        Storing Individual Items into an Array

Looping Logic
        How and When to use a FOR Loop
        How and When to use a WHILE Loop

Special Formulas:
        Conditional Formatting Formulas
        The 2 (or 3) Selection Formulas

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