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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step Paperback – Feb 25 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (Feb. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626478
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stacia Misner, MCITP, MCTS, is a consultant and trainer specializing in Microsoft business intelligence solutions. She has more than 20 years of IT experience and has written several books on SQL Server, including Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step. Stacia is also one of the first to earn the new SQL Server Analysis Services Maestro certification.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible for beginners, but also enough detail for pros July 15 2012
By T. Huguelet - Published on Amazon.com
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I've used and recommended this book in my teaching and consulting since it came out. In my opinion Stacia strikes the perfect balance between conceptual and technical discussion, without losing new SSRS developers, or boring people with some exposure to SSRS.

One thing to keep in mind is that this book was written for SQL 2008, and many organizations are using SQL 2008 R2. It's still an excellent introduction and the core techniques are still 100% applicable. This book does not cover Report Builder 3.0 or some of the new visualizations that became available when SQL 2008 R2 was released. (Because they didn't exist when the book was written).

If you're looking for an accessible entry to SSRS Report development, but also want something that has enough "meat" to continue to be used as a reference after the fact, this is the book.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reporting Services in simple terms March 18 2009
By Eldred Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stacia covered both native and SharePoint installation for Reporting Services. This is very helpful for SharePoint sites without a SharePoint administrator or database administrator. She progresses by showing report deployments in both native and SharePoint mode.

The release of Report Builder 2.0 is a significant improvement in Reporting Services. Stacia covers in detail how to install and use it as an authoring tool. In Part II, the full potential of report designer is shown in detail. Choosing between using report builder against report designer will be an easy decision.

Analysis services is an underutilized component of SQL Server. By showing how a reporting services takes advantage of analysis services, it will encourage you to explore analysis services further. Charts, charts and more charts, easy, fast and very useful.

The book discusses report models, managing report server, managing security, a must read for administrators.

- Eldred Rivera, MCT -
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but... April 11 2010
By A. Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is very well organized and the lessons are detailed, beyond just the basics. It should serve as a good reference as I start to develop reports on my own. The one drawback is that the sample databases which should be downloaded from CodePlex do not exist. These would have been very beneficial.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Way to learn the Tool! Dec 3 2012
By Teresa L T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I had no prior experience with SSRS, but had a reasonable level of experience with SQL Server.

I found this to be an excellent tool to learn SSRS. It definitely took some time to work through the lessons provided in book. I did have some issues because of the 1) links for sourcing the database were not valid 2) differences because of 2008 vs 2008 rs 3) outdated year filters for the data in the sql (Had it not been for those, I would have given the book 5 stars.) Perserverance was needed ...but I was able to work through all of the challenges and in the end, it gave me a better understanding of how to fix my own issues. I would absolutely buy future books from this author/publisher. The lessons were concise and yet varied enough to show multiple approaches to solving a challenge. I wish I could find this type of book for all of the technology that i need to learn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SSRS 2008 Nov. 15 2012
By Cecil T. Champenois Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is fairly good but there are disconnects in the examples between the things written in the book and what is on the CD. However, with that said, it is an excellent beginner book for SQL Server Reporting Services, which is a part of Business Intelligence Developer Studio (BIDS). SSRS is a GUI approach to managing report writing, but it does a great job and a complex one. You do need to already know something about writing Transact SQL which is Microsoft's version of SQL coding (Script). This book is used in the SSRS 2008 class at Collin College in Plano, Texas (Collin County). See this URL for more information on Collin College's .NET and SQL Server courses: [ ... ]