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Professional SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services [Paperback]

Paul Turley , Todd Bryant , James Counihan , Dave DuVarney
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Book Description

March 6 2006 Wrox Professional Guides
SQL Server Reporting Services is the customizable reporting solution for report designers and programmers. This hands-on guide will get you up to speed quickly so you can design, deploy, manage, and even customize reporting solutions. You can create powerful reports without programming knowledge and extend reporting solutions using VB, C#, and ASP.NET.

Packed with detailed examples of building reports, designing report solutions, and developing deployment strategies for interacting with various platforms, this book prepares you to take full advantage of this revolutionary tool. Plus, you'll learn how to extend practically every feature of Reporting Services by implementing your own security architecture or adding custom data access.

What you will learn from this book

  • Details of programming reports and report scripting
  • Advanced report design, including drill-down reports, nested lists, drill-through, links, and dynamic content
  • High-level strategies for business and support systems
  • Rendering reports using .NET code, .NET IO namespace classes, and URL rendering deployment strategies to handle hardware, software, and platform considerations, licensing issues, and scaling options
  • How to design reports for mobile services
  • Various tools used to define data sources and semantic metadata models
  • How to use parameters and expressions to define creative report solutions
  • Advanced object-oriented programming techniques, with examples in C# and VB 2005.

Who this book is for

This book is for report designers, developers, administrators, and business professionals interested in learning the advanced functionality, report server administration, and security issues of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.


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SQL Server reporting Services is the customizable reporting solution for report designers and programmers. This hands-on guide will get you up to speed quickly so you can design, deploy, manage, and even customize reporting solutions. You can create powerful reports without programming knowledge and extend reporting solutions using VB, C#, and ASP.NET.

Packed with detailed examples of building reports, designing report solutions, and developing deployment strategies for interacting with various platforms, this book prepares you to take full advantage of this revolutionary tool. Plus, you'll learn how to extend practically every feature of Reporting Services by implementing your own security architecture or adding custom data access.

What you will learn from this book

  • Details of programming reports and report scripting
  • Advanced report design, including drill-down reports, nested lists, drill-through, links and dynamic content
  • High-level strategies for business and support systems
  • Rendering reports using .NET code, .NET 10 namespace classes, and URL rendering deployment strategies to handle hardware, software, and platform considerations, licensing issues, and scaling options
  • How to design reports for mobile services
  • Various tools used to define data sources and semantic metadata models
  • How to use parameters and expressions to define creative report solutions
  • Advanced object-oriented programming techniques, with examples in C# and VB 2005.

Who this book is for

This book is for report designers, developers, administrators, and business professionals interested in learning the advanced functionality, report,server administration, and security issues of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issue technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new Technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Paul Turley is a senior consultant for Hitachi Consulting. He architects database, reporting and business intelligence solutions for many prominent consulting clients. In addition to Reporting Services, he has created reporting solutions using Crystal Reports, Active Reports, and Access. Since 1988, he has managed IT projects, designed and programmed applications using Visual Basic 3, 4, 5, 6, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and SQL Server. He obtained his MCSD certification in 1996 and other certifications include MCDBA, IT Project+, and Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) Practitioner.
He designed and maintains www.Scout-Master.com, a web-based service that enables Boy Scout units to manage their membership and advancement records online using ASP.NET, SQL Server, and Reporting Services.
Paul authored Beginning Transact SQL for SQL Server 2000 and 2005. He has been a contributing author on books and articles including Professional Access 2000 Programming, Beginning Access 2002 VBA, and SQL Server Data Warehousing with Analysis Services, all from WROX Press.

Todd Bryant has been creating custom data-focused applications and reporting solutions since the early eighties. He began using Microsoft technologies in 1998, and the love affair began. Todd has been contract programming, teaching, and developing custom courseware ever since. He is currently working half-time as a software architect for SoftWyre, a Little Rock, Arkansas, based software development company as well as training half-time at Netdesk Corporation in Seattle, where he concentrates on enterprise solutions, Com+ services, and object-oriented programming using both VB.NET and C#. His certifications include the MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT certifications from Microsoft; the CNA certification from Novell; and both CompTIAâs A+ and CTT+.

James Counihan started teaching himself binary in the early 1970s. He is now a Seattle-area consultant specializing in development on the .NET platform.

Dave DuVarney is a principal for Stateraâs Seattle office. He has broad technical knowledge stemming from his experiences as a software developer, a certified public accountant, and a technology trainer. Dave has been involved in multiple software development projects ranging from contract management systems to human rights auditing. He is proficient in numerous development languages as well as Microsoft business intelligence technologies. Most recently he has been consulting and delivering on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services. Dave is the coauthor of Professional SQL Server Reporting Services.


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Sometimes, when you need to learn a new technology and there are dozens of books on the market, it can be difficult to make the right choice. Let me tell you, this is the one. It covers every topic, simple or advanced that you could need to know. The book is very well organized and you can easily read it from cover to cover, or pick and choose what you need to know. It's well written, easy to follow and provides tons of excellent examples.
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After struggling with this book by over 2 weeks, I had found it to be a great disappointment, compare with other WROX books. This is my general impressions:
1. A plenty of repetitive talk in chapters from 1 to 3
2. Very few complete examples, that I can learn from
3. Very poorly organized.
By the contrast I had found Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services 2005 by Brian Larson is very good, for the exception of chapter 12 that was written for Visual Studio NET 2003 instead of 2005.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good as a reference Dec 6 2007
Format:Paperback
I have to specify that until now I used this book as a quick reference rather than reading it. The problem in such a case is that most of the time I needed it to give me some answers but it never gave me all the answers and especially not the important ones. So that I always finished going on Microsoft forum for more meaningful information. I also discovered that they give information from SQL 2000 RS which is kept in 2005 only as backward compatibility. Look for instance at using the WEB service of RS where they tell you to use reportservice.asmx instead of the new reportexecution2005.asmx and what to say that they don't even mention that in case of reporting services being integrated with Share Point you must use reportexecution2006 instead. My feeling is that they had a book written about RS2000 which they (incompletely) updated for RS2005. Overall not too impressed about this book but you still may find some needed information at least as a start point for your research.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Disappointed April 9 2007
By A. Abrams - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the fifth book that I have purchased from Wiley Publishing (WROX), and I must say that I have been very pleased so far by the overall quality of the publications until now. I read through the other four and still use each one of them as a relevant reference source.

I am half way thru this book and the experience has not been pleasant to say the least. The inconsistencies between the text, figure's and examples are to numerous to be overlooked. And, to be honest, this is one of the most confusing approaches that I have come across in quite some time. He is obvious very knowledge about SSRS, but during many of his explanations he orphans the examples or doesn't tie what he is explaining back to the example. This makes it very difficult to reproduce in the actual development environment. You're just left confused!

I am a twelve year veteran of Crystal Reports, Application Development and Database Design and I find this book very difficult to follow. So unfortunately, I would not recommend this particular book to others ... I am just surprisingly disappointed.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough to get through April 12 2007
By L. Wallach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This will probably be an ok reference for some things in ssrs, but otherwise it has been a real pain to get through. There seems to be a huge amount of repetitive informatin in the first three chapters before we actually get to start writing reports.

Unfortunately, once writing reports, it seems like the authors have ADD. They start talking about a walk through exercise but never actually have the walk through. They do have a couple of exercises where they show you how to go step by step, but these are not explained well.

I think the writing, other than being repetative, is sometimes unecessarily chatty, but at other times way to terse for beginners.

I have managed to glean some value from the book, but it's been tough. I would definitely recommend if you haven't touched SSRS yet to go through the tutorials on MSDN first. They do a better job of introducing you to basics, giving you plain instructions, and not overloading you with commentary that isn't all helpful in just getting you up to speed on how to create reports. Luckily I did this before I bought the book. I think if I was completely new to reporting and SSRS, I would have thrown this book down in disgust after the first 100 pages or so...
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 29 2006
By urpalshu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Till today I never found a good book in SQL Server Reporting Services. This book covers a lot of features, to get you ready to work on Complex Reports. Very good step by step instructions with working examples. It starts from a beginner level and proceeds with Advanced Report Design.The best part I liked was the explanation about Rendering reports using .NET code, .NET IO namespace classes, and URL rendering deployment strategies to handle hardware, software, and platform considerations, licensing issues, and scaling options.

I highly recomend this as a very important source to learn Reporting Services
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for developers - not for admins Nov. 3 2006
By SQL DBA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book does a good job of covering how to create, format, and deploy a report. But, like most books, it doesn't do a good job of talking about what to do if something doesn't work. In particular, it glosses over the security aspects of running Reporting Services. RS uses Active Directory, if you have AD installed. but the book doesn't mention AD and how the two products work together. I found that I had to use a SQL Server userid and password instead of NT security in order to get a deployed report to work. The issue has to do with the 'double hop' problem. You can get more info in the Q319723 article on Microsoft's Knowledge Base.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs stronger editing, walkthroughs hard to follow. Dec 29 2007
By Robert Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Almost impossible to do the walkthroughs as the writers can't decide if they are giving you instructions or just offering some general concepts. Chapters 1-3 are a waste of time. Go straight to chapter 4 to get started.

The format is too conversational and often fluffed-out with irrelevant details.

Overall, another disappointing Wrox text that has too many authors and no editor.
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