About This Document

Panther lets you design and produce reports that run with a Panther application or independently. This guide provides an introduction to creating reports as well as information on using more advanced features. This guide assumes that you are familiar with Panther and the Panther editing environment.

The first three chapters of this guide, following the overview, provide an introduction to the basics of creating reports, including the building of a sample report.

Subsequent chapters provide more in-depth information on fetching data, performing calculations, using your own functions, incorporating other reports, and running reports.

The appendix has information on specific reports utilities, the sample database used to create the sample reports, device configuration and report output procedures for additional customization, sample reports, and report properties.

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The following documentation conventions are used throughout this document.

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#include <smdefs.h>

chmod u+w *



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[ ]

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formlib [-v] library-name [file-list]...


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