Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step Paperback – Feb 25 2009
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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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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.
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 -
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issues because of the 1) links for sourcing the database were not valid 2) differences because of 2008 vs 2008 rs 3) outdated year filters for the data in the sql (Had it not been for those, I would have given the book 5 stars.)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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