After spending $2000 for Crystal 10 Enterprise-I was appalled by the lack of documentation, examples and tutorials.
(I did find some examples on the Crystal Decisions website but had trouble translating them to my specific programming tasks.)
Most Crystal Report Books spend a lot of time on the Report Designer which in my humble opinion, from a programmer's perspective, is superfluous.
Brian excels in both explaining Crystal Reports and integrating it into .Net for programmers.
Brian gives you the object model and examples of specific methods. These are readily useable from VB.Net to ASP.Net.
By explaining the inner workings of Crystal; e.g., the two-step processing of report data, the reader can understand differences between items such as subtotals and running totals.
Within about 2 hours after perusing his chapter on exporting and deploying, I was able to set up a report in an asp.net application (with a few adjustments).
Consider me a fan. I look forward to other works from Brian.
I will do all I can to make his self-publishing profitable.