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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470563117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470563113
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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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

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa31e2c84) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa006b510) out of 5 stars Got some useful things from it Aug. 30 2011
By ThePocketDBA - Published on
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6232f30) out of 5 stars This book saved me days! Sept. 20 2010
By Michael J. Lynott - Published on
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MS SQL Server Reporting tools do not easily allow you to create "horizontal" reports--where the next item to be reported appears to the right, rather than below. I needed to create such a report. And I couldn't figure out how to do so until I found the example titled "Horizontal Reports" in this book. I literally tried for days to find a solution on my own without success. Did I have to work around some of the directions in the book? Yes. But I note also that there's an on-line forum where concerns and frustrations are being answered. And many of the recipes reference an online entry that inspired the article. I'll be recommending this book to my colleagues, since MS SQL Server Reporting tools are our corporate standard. (Note--I don't know the authors, I'm not related to any of them, and I don't work for any of the companies involved.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6232f78) out of 5 stars SOMEONE PROOF READ THIS BOOK! Jan. 1 2013
By Joe - Published on
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I don't usually write reviews about stuff I buy, but this one was awful! I could not even get through half the examples because of all the mistakes in the book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6232aa4) out of 5 stars Advance your SSRS skills Sept. 28 2010
By kmtdf - Published on
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This book is excellent for someone like myself, looking to grow basic to intermediate Reporting Services skills. There are a lot of resources out there which point at advanced features/functionality of the product, but few approach the material from a practical and real-world example-driven approach like this one. For anyone looking to discover and unleash the capabilities of SSRS, this is the book for you.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0114c30) out of 5 stars Not for advanced SSRS Devs Nov. 2 2011
By Jason Page - Published on
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book thinking it would add something the internet did not. I did not find much in it that wasn't easily discover-able in online documentation TechNet. Mostly, it's filled with what you already know, if you're using SSRS professionally.

Newcomers to SSRS might find a lot of value out of it, but I can't speak to that.