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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services [Paperback]

Brian Larson
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December 12, 2005 0072262397 978-0072262391 2
Microsoft's Reporting Services product is a vital part of the SQL Server 2005 business intelligence platform, but it works with virtually any data source. This hands-on guide explains how to transform data into insightful and interactive Web-based reports using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. With coverage of everything from installation to administration, the book demonstrates how to use this powerful server-based reporting solution to improve business decision-making and facilitate company-wide -- even worldwide -- communication.

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Generate and distribute comprehensive, integrated reports

Transform disparate corporate data into business intelligence with help from this hands-on guide. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services explains how to create, manage, and deliver traditional and interactive reports with this powerful server-based reporting solution. Written by a member of the Reporting Services development team, the book covers the entire report-building and distribution process and offers complete details on all the product's integrated features. Improve business decision-making in your organization by getting the right information to the right people at the right time.


  • Install and set up SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
  • Use the SELECT query to extract report data from your data sources
  • Add charts, images, and other graphics
  • Generate reports using the Report Wizard and from scratch
  • Maintain a secure, managed environment
  • Integrate reports with desktop and web applications
  • Enable end-user access to reports via the Report Server and its Report Manager web interface
  • Export reports to other presentation and data exchange rendering formats

About the Author

Brian Larson (Arden Hills, MN), MCSD, served as a member of the Reporting Services development team on a contract basis, and has contributed to the code base. He is the Chief of Technology (COT) for Superior Consulting Services (SCS) in the Twin Cities. SCS is a Microsoft Certified Partner and is currently developing a client solution that uses Microsoft Reporting Services for report production and distribution.

Brian has been invited to speak on Reporting Services at several conferences including SQL Server Magazine Connections (both in Vegas and Orlando), has been interviewed as a subject matter expert by Microsoft TechNet, .NET Rocks, and others and has written articles for SQL Server Magazine.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 767 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 2 edition (December 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072262397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072262391
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Larson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with degrees in physics and computer science. Brian has worked in the computer industry since 1985 and has been a consultant creating custom database applications since 1989. He is currently Chief Technology Officer and Partner at Superior Consulting Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota ( Brian is an MCSE: Business Intelligence 2012 and a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA).

Brian served as a member of the original Reporting Services development team as a consultant to Microsoft. In that role, he contributed to the initial code base of Reporting Services.

Brian has presented at national conferences and events, including the SQL Server Magazine Connections Conference, the PASS Community Summit, and the Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference, and has provided training and mentoring on Reporting Services and business intelligence across the country. He has been a contributor and columnist for SQL Server Magazine.

Brian began his writing career collecting rejection letters for some very bad science fiction short stories. Brian got the last laugh on all of those cruel editors by sneaking a bit of science fiction into his Reporting Services books. The sample company used in all of the examples is an intergalactic shipping company staffed by robots and employing faster than the speed of light travel to offer previous day delivery. The company back story may be fanciful; the business examples, however, are all down to earth!

Brian lives with his wife Pam in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Pam will tell you that their first date took place at the Luther College computer center. If that doesn't qualify someone to write computer books, then I don't know what does.

Brian can be contacted at

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional clarity and useful real world examples! January 17, 2006
This book delivers a solid understanding of Reporting Services derived from working through genuinely useful, real world examples preceded by clear technical overviews.

I am a BI consultant always learning new software technologies and as part of this work, read many instructional s/w books. From this standpoint I can state that this book shows great attention to detail (all of the examples actually work). It also incorporates a very useful feature "Task Notes" that further explains the implicit assumptions and underlying factors following each example. This shows that a great deal of care was taken to ensure that the reader is always on the same page as the writer.

This book is rare in its clarity, technical editing and delivery of concrete skills in return for the effort spent with it. Just keep off my turf when you acquire your skills! (;^ )
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Many reviewers of this book have given it high marks because it is a terrific tutorial and that introduces most of the crucial techniques for writing great reports. I would agree as I have reporting experience with MS-Access and Crystal and this book helped me get up to speed quickly. If you like learning in a step-by-step fashion right out of a book - this is the book!

The bad reviews came from people that were looking for more of a reference type book. While this book is not a bad reference it does fall short as a reference book. For example, one reviewer brought up that the ability to shade alternating detail rows of a report does not appear to be easy to find in this book. I would agree with that. I was unable to go into the index and find a quick solution in this book.

If you want a better reference book try the WROX book, Professional SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. That book is not as good as this book from a step-by-step standpoint but it is a better reference when you need a quick solutions. For example, page 272 has code on how to shade alternating rows - they call it Greenbar Reports. It was not easy to find in this book either. How many people would look up "Greenbar Reports" in the reference? I was looking into "shading alternative rows". I just happened to stumble upon it.

I bought both books together. Of course there is lots of overlap but between the two that is all you will need to become a pro at Reporting Services.

Reporting Services could use a COOKBOOK-style text like they have for Access and other programming languages. Those types of books have served me well over the years. Until then this book and the WROX book should do the trick!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book May 10, 2007
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we have over a dozen SQL SERVER 2005 suite books in our office. The thing that makes this better then all the others, is that while some people like reading these books, and others like books as references only - this book seems to satisfy both groups of developers at my office.

The most used SSRS book at the office by a mile.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of Reporting Services August 23, 2006
SQL Server Reporting Services is a comprehensive, server-based reporting solution which provides support to develop, manage, and deliver reports on different mediums and platforms. Brian Larson in his latest book, "SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services" has done an excellent job in making the case for SQL Server Reporting Services (SRSS) by providing comprehensive knowledge to jump start with SQL server reporting services.

As Brian Welcker, Microsoft's group program manager of SSRS observes, the author has been working with Reporting services for a long time. Since he has been a part of development effort involved with reporting services, Brian Larson has a deep understanding of reporting services infrastructure which reflects in his writing. Being an MCDBA, author of "Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005" and "Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services", Brian Larson has in-depth understanding of business intelligence solutions and real-world reporting scenarios.

"SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services" is hands on, no-nonsense, well organized step by step guide to SRSS. This 800 page book is divided into four parts and twelve chapters, in which author has provided wealth of information on all the pertaining topics. This book is illustrated and provides diagram and figures of every step defined during the process. The four main sections are "Putting the pieces in place", the beginning, "Report Authoring", about writing reports, "Report saving", about report publishing and management of reports and final part i.e. Appendices which has language references and some further guidelines.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best technical book I've read in ten years December 28, 2007
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It's sometimes hard to review a technical book without reviewing the technology the book discusses so I'll start by stating that Microsoft Reporting Services impressed me greatly but Microsoft's documentation is as bad as always. There's room for improvement but it's already better than Crystal Reports. Now on to the book review.

I am familiar with SQL Server and Crystal Reports so I was looking for a book that didn't spend too much time on stuff I already knew. This book spent the first three chapters discussing database basics so I skipped them.

I started reading the book in earnest at chapter four which discusses the report wizards. This is a quick way to throw reports together in Visual Studio and Brian Larson presents the information logically and clearly. It became quickly clear that I was reading an exceptional book. I'm guessing Brian had an experienced editor because the book is largely free of the gramatical errors that have been plaguing technical books recently. What impresses me even more is that all the examples worked flawlessly and were meaningful exercises that I will refer back to as I start to implement Reporting Services.

The book references a database you need to download from the Osborne website. The instructions to do so are very clear and I had no problems whatsoever downloading and installing it. The only problem I had was that the user id in the examples (GalacticReporting) does not have access to the stored procedures. You need to give GalRep the 'Reporting' role. Minor problem.

Brian, correctly, doesn't spend much time on the wizards and quickly gets into the meat of the application guiding the reader through successively more complex reporting scenarios.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book in decent condition.
Book in decent condition but the content is what is really important. Has the information I needed and is good enough for me considering the price.
Published 6 months ago by mojam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I haven't finished this book yet but so far it's been great. I love the approach and the way the exercises represent real possible business needs.
Published 20 months ago by Sheltie Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good insights
This book did have some good insights into the workings of SQL Server 2005 reporting services but does not provide examples of very complex reports. Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by M. Carrell
2.0 out of 5 stars I Regret buying this book
As was stated by others this book is a step by step book for readers that are limited in their technical ability. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by OCP in JAX
4.0 out of 5 stars Faster Than The Internet
The first chapter of the book gives a great overview of SSRS 2005 architecture. When I finished that chapter I felt really comfortable about proceeding. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Karl E. Sandfort
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall OK
This book had very good material and provide excellent examples on a step by step basis for SSRS 2005. I was hired to do reporting and SSRS was the tool that my employer uses. Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by T. Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good in depth reference for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
This is a good in depth reference for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. It is a little more difficult to find specific information bacuase it has so much information. Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by Kurt L. Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars This review is to help readers find sample required Galactic database...
Galactic database for download location.

Googling the Internet and reading posted reviews indicates that many people having problem find download of the "Galactic"... Read more
Published on September 24, 2009 by E. Litvin
5.0 out of 5 stars I second that! Exceptional Clarity and useful examples
I have a lot of SQL Server experience and am an MCP in Sql Server 2000. I have purchased and used 3 books on SSRS. Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by K. Ambrose
3.0 out of 5 stars good information
This helped me with a special project that I was working on. There is a lot information that I skipped over because I didn't have time to read the whole thing. Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by S. Downing
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