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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (Dec 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470242019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470242018
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 ReportingServices

SQL Server Reporting Services makes reporting faster and easierthan ever. This hands-on guide will show you how to harness thefull power of Reporting Services to create reporting and businessintelligence solutions that meet your company's needs. It walks youstep-by-step through the fundamentals of designing the mosteffective reports by following careful planning considerations.

The authors progress from beginning to advanced report designand filtering techniques, showing you the conditions where reportscould be more efficient. They also explore holistic businessintelligence solutions, comprehensive OLAP/Analysis Servicesreporting, and complete production-deployment scenarios.

You'll learn how to write custom expressions and programfunctions to meet specific reporting needs. This will help youdesign, build, and deploy reports with capabilities far greaterthan any other reporting tools you may have used in the past. Thetechniques covered in the book will also enable you to takereporting further than you have before and provide your users withreal business intelligence.

What you will learn from this book

  • Using reports to visualize important business-decisionmetrics

  • Building the presentation layer for an enterprise businessintelligence solution

  • Reporting from OLAP cubes and relational database systems

  • Enabling information workers to easily create their ownself-service reports

  • Real-world report design patterns and recipes

  • Designing and deploying reports for enterprise portals anddashboards, including SharePoint technologies

  • Advanced object-oriented programming techniques for extendingand adding functionality to Reporting Services

Who this book is for
This book is for report designers, developers, administrators,and business professionals interested in learning the advancedfunctionality, reporting, server administration, and securityissues of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written byworking programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers,developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, theyaddress the issues technology professionals face every day. Theyprovide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in newtechnologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Paul Turley (Vancouver, WA) is a Manager of SpecializedServices for Hitachi Consulting Education Services. Paul managesthe Business Intelligence training team and teaches classes forcompanies throughout the world on Microsoft SQL Servertechnologies. He works with companies to design architecture forand build BI and reporting solutions. He has been developingbusiness database solutions since 1991 for companies likeMicrosoft, Disney, Nike, and Hewlett - Packard. He has been aMicrosoft Certified Trainer since 1996 and holds several industrycertifications, including MCTS and MCITP for BI, MCSD, MCDBA, MSFPractitioner, and IT Project+.
Paul has authored and coauthored several books and courses ondatabase, business intelligence, and application developmenttechnologies. He is the lead courseware developer for the HitachiConsulting courses: “ SQL Server 2008 Business IntelligenceSolutions ” and “ SQL Server 2008 Reporting ServicesSolutions. ” His books include Professional SQL Server2005 Reporting Services , Professional SQL Server ReportingServices (SQL Server 2000) , Beginning Transact - SQL withSQL Server 2000 and 2005 , Beginning SQL Server 2005Administration , Beginning Access 2002 VBA , DataWarehousing with SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services , andProfessional Access 2000 Programming — all from Wrox.He is also a contributing author to SQL Server 2005 IntegrationServices Step by Step from Microsoft Press.

Thiago Silva (Dallas, TX) is a Manager of SpecializedServices for Hitachi Consulting. Thiago has also been designing anddeveloping custom .NET, business intelligence, and ReportingServices solutions since the early days of .NET and SQL Server2000. He is a part of the Microsoft Strategic Alliance leadershipgroup within Hitachi Consulting, where he helps create, manage, anddeliver internal training materials and intellectual capital aroundthe Microsoft technology stack. He also teaches the SQL ServerReporting Services course offered by Hitachi Consulting.
Thiago has been a featured guest on the talk show podcast .NETRocks and is an active member of the .NET developmentcommunity, frequently writing on his blog Silvaware, at Thiago holds a Bachelor of BusinessAdministration degree in Management Information Systems from TexasA & M University, and a MCAD.NET technical certification.

Bryan C. Smith (Irving, TX) is a Manager of SpecializedServices for Hitachi Consulting. Bryan has been developing andadministering database solutions since 1997 for clients in avariety of industries. These days, he focuses on helping clientsbuild Business Intelligence solutions using the Microsoft SQLServer product suite. Bryan holds MCITP, MCTS, MCDBA, A+, Network+,and Server+ certifications, and serves as an instructor for HitachiConsulting ’ s SQL Server Analysis Services course.

Ken Withee (Seattle, WA) is a Senior Consultant withHitachi Consulting. He earned a Master of Science degree inComputer Science studying under Dr. Edward Lank at San FranciscoState University. Their work has been published in the LNCSjournals and was the focus of a presentation at the IASTEDconference in Phoenix. Their work has also been presented atvarious other Human Computer Interaction conferences throughout theworld.
Ken has more than 7 years of professional computer and managementexperience working with a vast range of technologies.
Ken is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and is certifiedwith Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SQL Server 2005,and has passed the certification exam for .NET 2.0.

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By Joel on July 11 2013
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Well written go-to resource for 'how-to's when I need to figure out things in Reporting Services that I may not do every day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good admin info, not so much on report design March 25 2009
By WebDev511 - Published on
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The back end info is very good, but the report design section suffers because it was written before the report designer was done.

Buy it if you want the updated backend info, wait for a second edition if you are more interested in report design/development.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good for developers June 8 2009
By D. Dollahite - Published on
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I have the 2005 version of the same book and reviewed it here: Just copy and paste that link to read it. I bought the 2008 version when we decided to go SSRS 2008 to get a bug fixed on the matrix control overrunning the page width with dynamic columns. Pretty much everything I said in that review for the 2005 book applies to the 2008 book. I don't know why people bash this book. It gives you what you need. Actually, it covers quite a bit. I used one section to help me create my own app to better control report publishing. I can see if all you do is report design and don't have to worry about any kind of maintenance, programming, or administration this book might be a little thin on content. But it still gives you what you need, and if you are a beginning report designer then you shouldn't be looking at any book with "Professional" in the title. Get the "Beginner" one. This is for developers with a fair amount of experience in report design. It certainly isn't 100% of what you'll ever need. You'll find yourself constantly scouring the web for workarounds and code samples. But I also have the Microsoft SSRS 2008 book and that pretty much covers less but it geared more toward walk-throughs. This one definitely has more content. I can't see doing what I do without this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Need a pillow? June 1 2010
By ROTFLAMO - Published on
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Even though I got this book, together with its sister books of SSIS and SSAS, from Amazon at a drastically reduced price, the book came with a big disappointment.

Two things that bother me the most are:

1. Lack of solid examples. Whatever the book has also appear to be disorganized. It's not easy to follow.
2. The code downloaded from the wrox website doesn't even work on BIDS 2008...and the download site appears to be "unorganized."

If you are looking for a SSIS book, I strongly recommend other books besides this one...unless you can't find a better book (which I doubt it), then you can buy this one...and don't pay the full price for it. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Only if you have to have something April 21 2009
By Sam Recycles - Published on
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The book gives good high level information about the product, but the step-by-step examples are very poor. I guess they had to rush this out because the examples are poorly written, but if you follow a simple example you get different results from what you're supposed to be seeing. Really frustrating.

Good thing Amazon sells at a discount.
Poorly Written Aug. 15 2013
By Gary Mazzone Peters - Published on
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This book started out great giving a good overview SSRS, but it started to hit some serious bumps in Part II. When the examples were easy it was easy enough to follow, but as soon as the examples became slightly more involved the book was a cryptic mess...

Three key problems:
1) You have no idea where the examples start!!
Some paragraphs would start out explaining how to add in some feature ABC to only skip to the end and show you a picture of what the result looks, never explaining how they got there (these were pseudo-examples i guess...). As for there real examples, they would sometimes start in the middle of paragraph! Now this wouldn't normally be an issue if it weren't for there first problem. Leading me to be forever wondering if I should follow along with what there saying, or will they just jump to the end and I will not be able to follow it.

2)There examples are organized horribly.
They have you use a few different data sets from a sample database, which wouldn't normally be a problem if it was not for the unusual (lazy) style of writing examples in the middle of paragraphs... You have no idea if you are working in the correct data set until the final step when you run the report and see its different from there report (or run into an error before hand)

3) There online help at wrox is bad
They organize it by chapter, which i guess sounds like a good idea, but when you have a lot of examples per chapter and even more psuedo examples its a holy mess trying to figure out which untitled code example from there website matches the untitled code example from the book...