Ramon Linan rlinan@truality.com
Wed, 25 Jun 2003 09:04:10 -0400

thank you Edward, what you say make a lot of sense, although, I will try =
to do that, I am sure is going to take me some time because I am just =
starting with zope.

I have another question, I have found some people and books who don't =
advice at all to use Zope on windows system, especially with mysql for =
windows, is there any problem? I would like to know a real reason for =
not to (especially if I am going to be using crystal report).

Also, I have read in a couple of books that the database that comes with =
Zope it is not very strong, I want to do a "project" to share pictures =
with my family (on the other side of the Atlantic), is there any reason =
for not using the DB that comes with zope.

Thank you very much for making this learning experience lot quicker.


-----Original Message-----
From: Edward Muller [mailto:edwardam@interlix.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 12:26 AM
To: Ramon Linan
Cc: zope@zope.org
Subject: Re: [Zope] crystal reports

The following is complete conjecture based on working with

If you were to run the zope server on windows and install the complete
python-win32 utilities you could connect python to Crystal Reports via
COM/ActiveX and make calls to the Crystal Reports API. If you could then
get the Crystal Reports COM/ActiveX control to spit out HTML you could
then capture that and  use it as you need it.

The above would require at least writing some of your own external
methods or a product. Plus you would have to understand COM programming
under python-win32 (which isn't really that hard).

A few years ago I made an Outlook/Exchange <-python -> XMLRPC gateway.
It used python-win32's COM support and the DMAPI/MAPI (whatever they are
called) APIs of Outlook/Exchange and exposed it via XMLRPC. It was neat.

On Tue, 2003-06-24 at 15:26, Ramon Linan wrote:
> Hi, anyone knows if there is a product that allow you to use already =
created crystal reports?
> Is also welcome advice about reporting tools to use with ODBC database =
> Thanks
> (very new at this)
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