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Why I hate Crystal Reports - Part VI

July 21, 2009

Haven't posted in a while, but I just had the "pleasure" of working with Crystal Report XI, something I've been putting off as long as possible.  It is amazing, SAP has taken a totally awful product, and made it worse. 

Well, the "Business Objects Enterprise Central Management Console" (what used to be the Crystal Server) got set up, and I logged in.  Trying to become familiar with it, I tried to publish a crustal report, which is an .rpt file.  According the the "help", I go to the directory, right click, go to manage then add then select either 1) Crystal Report 2)Program File or 3) Local File.  Lo and behold, only the last two appear.  I'm not sure if it was set up wrong, but you would think that by default Crystal Reports would be there.  I then uploaded it as a local file, but then the server couldn't recognize it as a crystal report, but as an "Agnostic" file.  How religion gets involved is beyond me, but just another example how Crystal goes above and beyond the call of suckness.

This stupid new version of Crustal Server has added so many stupid buzzers and whistles, and it appears you can't "learn them as you go along" i.e.use the product like before and gradually learn the new stuff.  Working with this abomination of an application is just part of my job, I have no idea how much time I will have to devote to figure out this new improvement, which has totally redefined the term POS Software.

 I'm sure the more I work with this, the more I will hate it, and the more I will write about it.

Until next time . . . . 

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