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Product Details

  • 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: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #598,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

SQL Server Reporting Services makes reporting faster and easier than ever. This hands-on guide will show you how to harness the full power of Reporting Services to create reporting and business intelligence solutions that meet your company's needs. It walks you step-by-step through the fundamentals of designing the most effective reports by following careful planning considerations.

The authors progress from beginning to advanced report design and filtering techniques, showing you the conditions where reports could be more efficient. They also explore holistic business intelligence solutions, comprehensive OLAP/Analysis Services reporting, and complete production-deployment scenarios.

You'll learn how to write custom expressions and program functions to meet specific reporting needs. This will help you design, build, and deploy reports with capabilities far greater than any other reporting tools you may have used in the past. The techniques covered in the book will also enable you to take reporting further than you have before and provide your users with real business intelligence.

What you will learn from this book

  • Using reports to visualize important business-decision metrics

  • Building the presentation layer for an enterprise business intelligence solution

  • Reporting from OLAP cubes and relational database systems

  • Enabling information workers to easily create their own self-service reports

  • Real-world report design patterns and recipes

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

  • Advanced object-oriented programming techniques for extending and 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 advanced functionality, reporting, server administration, and security issues of SQL Server 2008 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.

About the Author

Paul Turley (Vancouver, WA) is a Manager of Specialized Services for Hitachi Consulting Education Services. Paul manages the Business Intelligence training team and teaches classes for companies throughout the world on Microsoft SQL Server technologies. He works with companies to design architecture for and build BI and reporting solutions. He has been developing business database solutions since 1991 for companies like Microsoft, Disney, Nike, and Hewlett - Packard. He has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1996 and holds several industry certifications, including MCTS and MCITP for BI, MCSD, MCDBA, MSF Practitioner, and IT Project+.
Paul has authored and coauthored several books and courses on database, business intelligence, and application development technologies. He is the lead courseware developer for the Hitachi Consulting courses: “ SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Solutions ” and “ SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Solutions. ” His books include Professional SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services , Professional SQL Server Reporting Services (SQL Server 2000) , Beginning Transact - SQL with SQL Server 2000 and 2005 , Beginning SQL Server 2005 Administration , Beginning Access 2002 VBA , Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services , and Professional Access 2000 Programming — all from Wrox. He is also a contributing author to SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Step by Step from Microsoft Press.

Thiago Silva (Dallas, TX) is a Manager of Specialized Services for Hitachi Consulting. Thiago has also been designing and developing custom .NET, business intelligence, and Reporting Services solutions since the early days of .NET and SQL Server 2000. He is a part of the Microsoft Strategic Alliance leadership group within Hitachi Consulting, where he helps create, manage, and deliver internal training materials and intellectual capital around the Microsoft technology stack. He also teaches the SQL Server Reporting Services course offered by Hitachi Consulting.
Thiago has been a featured guest on the talk show podcast .NET Rocks and is an active member of the .NET development community, frequently writing on his blog Silvaware, at Thiago holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A & M University, and a MCAD.NET technical certification.

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

Ken Withee (Seattle, WA) is a Senior Consultant with Hitachi Consulting. He earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science studying under Dr. Edward Lank at San Francisco State University. Their work has been published in the LNCS journals and was the focus of a presentation at the IASTED conference in Phoenix. Their work has also been presented at various other Human Computer Interaction conferences throughout the world.
Ken has more than 7 years of professional computer and management experience working with a vast range of technologies.
Ken is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and is certified with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SQL Server 2005, and has passed the certification exam for .NET 2.0.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for developers June 8 2009
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 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. :)
4.0 out of 5 stars A Demanding But Often Rewarding Read May 27 2015
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This is the third book in a series of books from a coworker about SQL that I have read, and for me, the most worthwhile parts were at the very beginning, where the basic elements of reporting in SQL Server were discussed, and the main audience for different parts of the book was detailed, and the very end, where there was at least some code included in SQL for adding different extensions, and for making sure to avoid using certain reserved words. For the most part, this book is both accessible and remote, a seeming contradiction borne out by the fact that it is full of user-friendly C# and Visual Basic code and screen shots of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services, but unfortunately some readers of the book (myself included) are sufficiently ignorant of programming that much of the book was extremely difficult to read and understand. It would be a miracle if I understood even a quarter of what this book said.

In terms of its content, this book is sprawling, at nearly 800 pages including appendices, much of that filled with screenshots as well as lines of code and explanations. In general, the materials of this book are grouped around a central core of themes, including introducing the software itself and its capabilities, as well as report installation and design and analysis, and also different models of report building, server administration, and custom applications and integration with SharePoint. Some of its material, like the Foreword, is extremely accessible to readers, who would be well-advised to stick to chapters of professional interest and competence. This book contains more information than anyone would want to know about SQL Server 2008 (and no doubt editions of this book for later versions of SQL Server are equally daunting for most readers.

For the most part, if you read this book you are likely to be a fairly advanced database administrator or someone who wants to lose hours designing gauges (no joke). Given the fact that the intended reading audience of this book is so technically inclined, it is almost a shame that most people would be so daunted by its content to miss the fact that it is written with a dry and often funny sense of humor. For all of the technicality and difficulty of the material, it is clear from looking at this book that the authors know their material, and even take advantage of knowledge not blessed to be public yet by Microsoft at the time of writing. Additionally, sometimes the authors knew more about the capabilities of the software than official Microsoft representatives, always a sign that someone is fit to share that knowledge with others. Fortunately, the most essential points of this book are easy enough to understand–Microsoft SQL server is robust, has great capabilities for customization as a part of a comprehensive solution for data management, and offers integration capabilities that are straightforward enough that using them to create insightful reports is not a hopeless task, even for someone like myself.