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Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

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Jayaram Krishnaswamy

Jayaram Krishnaswamy studied at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore India and Madras University in India and taught at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. He went to Japan on a Japanese Ministry of Education Research scholarship to complete his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University. He was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Sydney University in Australia; a Government of India Senior Scientific Officer at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; a Visiting Scientist at the Eindhoven Institute of Technology in Netherlands; a Visiting Professor of Physics at the Federal University in Brazil; an Associate Research Scientist at a government laboratory in Sao Jose dos Campos in Sao Paulo, Brazil; a visiting scientist at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada before coming to USA in 1985. He has also taught and worked at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked with Northrop Grumman Corporation on a number of projects related to high energy electron accelerators / Free Electron Lasers. These projects were undertaken at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island and in the Physics Department at Princeton University. He has over 80 publications in refereed and non-refereed publications and 8 issued patents. He is fluent in Japanese and Portuguese and lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA.

He has been working in the IT related fields since 1997. He was once a Microsoft Certified Trainer in Networking and a Siebel developer. He has worked with several IT related companies, such as the Butler International in their Siebel practice; several other IBM sub contractors and smaller companies. Presently he is active in writing technical articles in the IT field to many online sites such as CodeProject, APSFree.com, DevShed.com, DevArticles.com, OfficeUsers.org, ASPAlliance.com, ITToolbox.com, databasedev.co.uk, cimaware.com, and many others. During 2006-2007 he wrote more than 200 articles mostly related to database and web related technologies covering Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase, ColdFusion, Sun and other vendor products.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847196187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847196187
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are relatively new to SQL Server Reporting Services and you're a Tactile/Kinesthetic learner (one that learns best by doing rather than listening or reading), this may be the book to help you to quickly get up to speed on Reporting Services.

The author teaches by example throughout most of the book, using the Hands-On exercises to deliver much of the book's content. I'd dare say that 70% to 80% of the book is in the form of Hands-On exercises.

The book is replete with screen shots to help those less familiar with Reporting Services follow along. For example, Hands-On Exercise 1.1 guides you through installing SQL Server 2008. The author goes to great lengths to ensure each step of the process is clear and unambiguous, using screen shots and commentary to guide the reader through each step. Exercise 1.1 is 25 pages.

If you are already well steeped in the SSRS, this book may be a bit on the remedial side for your tastes, though I suspect you'll be able to glean some useful tidbits of information about the differences from prior version of the product.
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If you're someone that likes to follow examples, you'll be pleased with this work. I had a need to develop a report quickly (over the weekend) and I used this book as a guide. It helped me make the decisions I needed to get the report up and running quickly.
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As a step-by-step guide, the book is expected to be relatively big. Browsing through the chapters will immediately give an impression of a careful presentation on how to use SQL Server or more particularly, SQL Server's reporting services. Of course, the relative background on why should this be the choice for developers is also explained.

The book is pretty straightforward in the sense that it helps the users deal with the application immediately. Although a small background information exists, readers will be able to use the application soon enough. The book has 10 chapters and 4 appendices that will complement the information provided in the chapters.

The challenge for this book is basically on how it will guide the user even those who are not familiar with SQL Servers. As it deals with a particular feature of the application, you can expect a detailed explanation on certain features that may affect the general outcome of the application.

As already indicated, the book aims to be a beginner's guide on this specific feature of the SQL Server 2008. To help the reader use the feature immediately, a step-by-step guide on how to implement the reporting services is immediately provided.

The book presupposes the user to have a clean slate on how to use the reporting services of SQL Server. Detailed information on how to install and explore the basic services offered by this feature is also included. This could be found in chapters 1 through 7 wherein each function of the application is explored and explained.

Also added in these chapters is the integration of the SQL Server 2008 with Visual Studio 2008. Like its 2005 version, Visual Studio 2008 has very impressive features that deal directly with SQL Server 2008.
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Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services is an excellent book for the beginner report writer. I have always worked with 3rd party report writing software and had only briefly looked at the report writer in SQL 2008. If you need a report put together quickly, this book will give you a jump start on making it happen! Like one of the other reviews said, you can literally put some together over a weekend.

I was lucky enough to have previous experience with this author's writing style. I purchased SQL Server Integration Services Using Visual Studio 2005 and both books are great addition to the DBA's bookshelf.

The new Reporting Services book has a little over 500 pages. Each chapter outlines a key concept, breaks it down and provides step-by-step examples on each concept in the chapter. Therefore, you can read the concept, see it (illustrations - at least one on every page!) and then do it (hands on exercises). The book is an easy read, and engages the reader so that you do not fall asleep at the end of chapter one - a must have for the beginner report writer!

I have at least a dozen books on SQL 2005/2008 and have taken all of the Microsoft instructor led courses on SQL. This is by far my favorite author for beginner books. I would love to see him write a book on Analysis Services!!
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I downloaded a chapter using the free downloads link. I found I was following the steps one-by-one and really enjoying the explanations. So I decided to buy the book. I have now had a chance to read the first 6 chapters and can say that this is a "must have" book on the subject. If you are interested in subject of Reporting Services, this is the one book to own!
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