Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services Recipes: for Designing Expert Reports Paperback – Apr 5 2010
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From the Back Cover
Step-by-step instructions show you how to create expert reports
Have you mastered the "how-tos" of Reporting Services? Can you confidently design simple reports—but now you need help with meeting the demands of more complex and advanced types of reports? If so, this is the ideal resource for you. Packed with proven design practices, this book serves as a collection of recipes for solving design problems so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel with each challenge you face. Organized by specific types of reports, the book covers grouped reports, charts, composite reports, dashboards, forms and labels, interactive reports, and more. Step-by-step instructions allow you to implement these best practices immediately so that you can solve your own design hurdles quickly.
SQL Server Reporting Services Recipes:
Reviews basic report design concepts and components
Covers localization, data sorting and filtering, handling dynamic data sources, and more
Presents design solutions that can work with any release of SQL Server Reporting Services, including specific recipes for 2008 R2
Shows how to aggregate semi-additive measures in a report
Features a companion web site that provides finished report examples and data you need to design each recipe in the book
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About the Author
Paul Turley is a business intelligence solution architect and manager for Hitachi Consulting. He is a Microsoft MVP and Certified Trainer. He designs solutions and teaches classes on SQL Server technologies to companies around the world. Paul is the author of several books, including Professional SQL Server Reporting Services (2000/2005/2008).
Robert M. Bruckner is a technical lead with the Microsoft SQL Server product team. His core area of responsibility is the development of the report processing engine of Reporting Services. Robert frequently shares Reporting Services tips on his popular blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/robertbruckner.
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For those of us always looking for ways to keep sharpening our SSRS skills, there is value to be found here. Patience is needed. Sometimes it just needs a little thought and fiddling to figure out the author's intent. This applies especially to the SSAS reports.
If you have the patience, you are going to be hard pressed to find another book that will help you dig into the topic of building "expert" reports. So many other books give an overview of SSRS and do not spend enough time with the ins and outs of actual SSRS report writing. At least with any depth.
I do not think this book needs to be slammed with a one star to make the point that the editing could have been better but I do think the review by Mr. Zucker deserves a better response from Mr. Turley than it got.
It is not our job, Mr. Turley, to spend OUR time editing YOUR book. You are supposed to be the expert that knows more than us and, thus, can either do a better job of reviewing your own work or finding someone who you feel is on your level who can do it for you and has the time. Your response to Mr. Zucker seemed to imply that we should send you money for your book so we can edit it for you.
The reviews written after Mr. Zucker's also seemed to go to the other extreme, almost sounding like friends of the author reacting to the negative comments of Mr. Zucker or, perhaps, as people who are already expert enough to recognize the value in the content of the book but not really needing it themselves. Such people would care far less about any of the things in the book that were of primary concern to Mr. Zucker or anyone else trying to learn new things.
Newcomers to SSRS might find a lot of value out of it, but I can't speak to that.
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