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13.07 Stored Procedures

Connecting with Stored Procedures

As mentioned earlier in the chapter, stored procedures can be used as a data source just like a table. Crystal Reports can open a stored procedure, retrieve the data and print it. The one thing that can make a stored procedure unique is if it has input parameters.

For a stored procedure to execute, it must have a value for every input parameter. Crystal Reports automatically creates report parameters when it sees that the stored procedure has one or more input parameters. There is one report parameter for every stored procedure parameter and they will have identical names and data types. When the report runs, the user is prompted to enter a value for each parameter. Internally, Crystal Reports passes these report parameters to the stored procedure.

The following code is a sample stored procedure from the Northwind database.

@CustomerID nchar(5)
SELECT ProductName, Total=SUM(Quantity)
FROM Products P, [Order Details] OD,...

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