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on January 21, 2006
This book skips so many intermediate steps that it is not suitable for beginners. It also assumes that the reader is already familiar with the adventure works data warehouse schema. It fails to give beginners enough background to be a useful learning tool.
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on January 23, 2007
This book has a lot of problems. It skips many intermediate steps that even a mid-level developer would probably need. I looked at these comments prior to purchasing the book, but thought these people are probably really good programmers that already *know it all* and are being way too critical. I can say that wasn't the case at all, and they were right on. I believe this book was put together very poorly and Mark Robinson could have done a much better job in explaining these intermediate steps that can make all the difference in the world. (VERY LAZY INSTRUCTIONS) As many of you may know, when you miss just 1 step, it can make all the difference in the world. (START WANTING TO PULL YOUR HAIR OUT) If you want a book that shows you step by step instructions and actually explains essential functionality, I wouldn't recommend this particular book.
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on July 1, 2007
This has got to be one of the worst dummies books ever written. The writer of the books skips over too many steps, assumes that you know everything there is to know about the AdventureworksDW data warehouse database or the AdventureWorks database with all of their complicated entity relationships and he doesn't even provide the SQL queries necessary to do the examples that he has in the book in chapters 5, 6 and 7. You have to take best guess at how to write the query for the AdventureWorksDW data warehouse database that he constantly uses in chapters 5, 6 and 7 and other chapters after that before you can follow through and do any of the examples listed in the book. Then when you have taken best guess and and have pieced together the SQL query for the AdventureworksDW data warehouse database for chapters 5 and 6, a few pages later he tells you to do an example that use datafields that have nothing to do with the AdventureWorksDW data warehouse database. The examples just jump around at you and make no sense and you can't follow what the author is trying to get you to do in order to learn how to use SQL Server Reporting services. All in all this book is not worth the paper it is printed on. My advice is to avoid this book like the plague. A far superior book is Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services by Brian Larson,McGraw Hill/Osborne press.
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on April 1, 2009
The book is poorly written and VERY poorly proofread. I don't think they even proofread the book whatsoever. One tiny example: Turn to page 122 and on step 11, it states to refer to Figure 7-2 for the final report you created.....umm...the image does not show that, it shows something completely different. This is just 1 example that as we speak, I found. Microsoft does a MUCH better job in their Step by Step books. This book should be called SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services WRITTEN BY Dummies.
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on December 2, 2013
These books are always wonderful! I truly enjoy reading them and it is nice to have the clear concise simple language! This is about my 5th for dummies book and everyone has been great!
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on June 1, 2015
Good Product
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on May 3, 2008
The product was as stated. It was delivered on time. I will recommend and use the company/seller again.
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