Crystal Reports 2008 : hacking datetime parameter format

One would think that this should be a no-brainer : ability to specify an edit format for date/time parameter in Crystal Reports. Not so fast…

Problem is as following:

ASP.Net Web client with Crystal Reports Viewer control is used.

When our report is based of some stored procedure which uses datetime parameter, it will inherit it as is and when report parameter entry form is displayed we would be asked to enter both date and time portion.

While, in general, it is OK, some reports are really interested only in date part being entered and time should be always set to 00:00:00. So we are forced to type time every time because if it is not provided calendar control would try to set time part initially to current time.

After some research off the Internet, visiting SAP forums, it is appear to be engine limitation. But we would want to overcome it somehow.

DISCLAIMER: solution below could only be used as a last resort and only if your business logic requires using date only params. And while it is only applies to calendar control, it is not per se a generic solution. This is a first “rough” attempt of achieving desired result and may lack some features otherwise expected.

It has been reported that solution above only works for current month. Since we are now using Crystal Reports 2008 with SP1, I would address this issue in my new post below.

IMPORTANT! With release of Service Pack 1 for Crystal Reports 2008, method blow is no longer applicable since structure of the files has changed. Please refer to this new post for more information.

Otherwise, Where there is a will, there is a way…

Fortunately we have access to internals behind the parameter handlers in Crystal Report Viewer web control.

Navigate to one of following locations:

  • C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aspnet_client\system_web\2_0_50727\crystalreportviewers12\
  • C:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ASP.NETClientFiles\crystalreportviewers12\
  • C:\Program Files\Business Objects\Common\4.0\crystalreportviewers12\

and locate the file called allInOne.js Рthis is our victim. This file contains all JS code behind for CRV control which would be used by your web-site.

IMPORTANT: always create a backup copy before making any modifications.

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How to deploy Crystal Reports 2008 project – part 2

Introduction

From part 1 of this article, you got list of steps in order to deploy Crystal Reports 2008 project created in Visual Studio 2008.

Next step is to choose deployment strategy, prepare installation script and then install it on IIS server.
There is enough written about deployment process from within Visual Studio so let’s give some people credit for their work –¬†for example, please¬†check this article – I¬†am going to use it as a base.

All things considered there is still a variation to that process specific to Crystal Reports.

Note: Make sure you have latest runtime available for you – visit SAP download page¬†–¬†as of 10/19/2009 runtime version available is 12.2¬†.

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