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ISBN-13: 978-0764584978 ISBN-10: 0764584979 Edition: 2nd
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From the Back Cover

SQL Server reporting Services is the customizable reporting solution for report designers and programmers. This hands-on guide will get you up to speed quickly so you can design, deploy, manage, and even customize reporting solutions. You can create powerful reports without programming knowledge and extend reporting solutions using VB, C#, and ASP.NET.

Packed with detailed examples of building reports, designing report solutions, and developing deployment strategies for interacting with various platforms, this book prepares you to take full advantage of this revolutionary tool. Plus, you'll learn how to extend practically every feature of Reporting Services by implementing your own security architecture or adding custom data access.

What you will learn from this book

  • Details of programming reports and report scripting
  • Advanced report design, including drill-down reports, nested lists, drill-through, links and dynamic content
  • High-level strategies for business and support systems
  • Rendering reports using .NET code, .NET 10 namespace classes, and URL rendering deployment strategies to handle hardware, software, and platform considerations, licensing issues, and scaling options
  • How to design reports for mobile services
  • Various tools used to define data sources and semantic metadata models
  • How to use parameters and expressions to define creative report solutions
  • Advanced object-oriented programming techniques, with examples in C# and VB 2005.

Who this book is for

This book is for report designers, developers, administrators, and business professionals interested in learning the advanced functionality, report,server administration, and security issues of SQL Server 2005 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 issue 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 is a senior consultant for Hitachi Consulting. He architects database, reporting and business intelligence solutions for many prominent consulting clients. In addition to Reporting Services, he has created reporting solutions using Crystal Reports, Active Reports, and Access. Since 1988, he has managed IT projects, designed and programmed applications using Visual Basic 3, 4, 5, 6, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and SQL Server. He obtained his MCSD certification in 1996 and other certifications include MCDBA, IT Project+, and Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) Practitioner.
He designed and maintains www.Scout-Master.com, a web-based service that enables Boy Scout units to manage their membership and advancement records online using ASP.NET, SQL Server, and Reporting Services.
Paul authored Beginning Transact SQL for SQL Server 2000 and 2005. He has been a contributing author on books and articles including Professional Access 2000 Programming, Beginning Access 2002 VBA, and SQL Server Data Warehousing with Analysis Services, all from WROX Press.

Todd Bryant has been creating custom data-focused applications and reporting solutions since the early eighties. He began using Microsoft technologies in 1998, and the love affair began. Todd has been contract programming, teaching, and developing custom courseware ever since. He is currently working half-time as a software architect for SoftWyre, a Little Rock, Arkansas, based software development company as well as training half-time at Netdesk Corporation in Seattle, where he concentrates on enterprise solutions, Com+ services, and object-oriented programming using both VB.NET and C#. His certifications include the MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCT certifications from Microsoft; the CNA certification from Novell; and both CompTIAâ??s A+ and CTT+.

James Counihan started teaching himself binary in the early 1970s. He is now a Seattle-area consultant specializing in development on the .NET platform.

Dave DuVarney is a principal for Stateraâ??s Seattle office. He has broad technical knowledge stemming from his experiences as a software developer, a certified public accountant, and a technology trainer. Dave has been involved in multiple software development projects ranging from contract management systems to human rights auditing. He is proficient in numerous development languages as well as Microsoft business intelligence technologies. Most recently he has been consulting and delivering on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services. Dave is the coauthor of Professional SQL Server Reporting Services.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 722 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 2nd edition (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764584979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764584978
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul is a Mentor for SolidQ and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server and BI. He's an active member of the SQL Server community and Director of the Oregon SQL user group. He has authored and co-authored 12 books including the Wrox Press series for Reporting Services and books and other BI and database reporting topics. He has been architecting, managing and developing applications and business intelligence solutions for since 1992. He teaches, develops training courseware, speaks at industry conferences. He speaks at Microsoft Tech-Ed and has presented at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) global summit since 2004. He is an MSDN forum moderator for SQL Server Reporting Services and has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer and MCP since 1996, holding MCITP, MCTS, MCSD & MCDBA certifications.

Paul has authored or co-authored the following:

Professional SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services (Wrox Press) - in production
SQL Server MVP Deep Dives vol. 2 (Manning Press)
Reporting Services Recipes for Expert Reports (Wrox Press)
Beginning T-SQL for SQL Server 2005 and 2008 (Wrox Press)
Beginning Transact-SQL for SQL Server 2000 and 2005 (Wrox Press)
Professional SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (Wrox Press)
Professional SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (Wrox Press)
Professional SQL Server Reporting Services (2000) (Wrox Press)
SQL Server 2005 Integration Services Step by Step (Microsoft Press)
Beginning SQL Server 2005 Administration (Wrox Press)
Professional SQL Server 2000 Data Warehousing with Analysis Services (Wrox Press)
Professional Access 2000 Programming (Wrox Press)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Abrams on April 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the fifth book that I have purchased from Wiley Publishing (WROX), and I must say that I have been very pleased so far by the overall quality of the publications until now. I read through the other four and still use each one of them as a relevant reference source.

I am half way thru this book and the experience has not been pleasant to say the least. The inconsistencies between the text, figure's and examples are to numerous to be overlooked. And, to be honest, this is one of the most confusing approaches that I have come across in quite some time. He is obvious very knowledge about SSRS, but during many of his explanations he orphans the examples or doesn't tie what he is explaining back to the example. This makes it very difficult to reproduce in the actual development environment. You're just left confused!

I am a twelve year veteran of Crystal Reports, Application Development and Database Design and I find this book very difficult to follow. So unfortunately, I would not recommend this particular book to others ... I am just surprisingly disappointed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Wallach on April 12, 2007
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This will probably be an ok reference for some things in ssrs, but otherwise it has been a real pain to get through. There seems to be a huge amount of repetitive informatin in the first three chapters before we actually get to start writing reports.

Unfortunately, once writing reports, it seems like the authors have ADD. They start talking about a walk through exercise but never actually have the walk through. They do have a couple of exercises where they show you how to go step by step, but these are not explained well.

I think the writing, other than being repetative, is sometimes unecessarily chatty, but at other times way to terse for beginners.

I have managed to glean some value from the book, but it's been tough. I would definitely recommend if you haven't touched SSRS yet to go through the tutorials on MSDN first. They do a better job of introducing you to basics, giving you plain instructions, and not overloading you with commentary that isn't all helpful in just getting you up to speed on how to create reports. Luckily I did this before I bought the book. I think if I was completely new to reporting and SSRS, I would have thrown this book down in disgust after the first 100 pages or so...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By urpalshu on March 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Till today I never found a good book in SQL Server Reporting Services. This book covers a lot of features, to get you ready to work on Complex Reports. Very good step by step instructions with working examples. It starts from a beginner level and proceeds with Advanced Report Design.The best part I liked was the explanation about Rendering reports using .NET code, .NET IO namespace classes, and URL rendering deployment strategies to handle hardware, software, and platform considerations, licensing issues, and scaling options.

I highly recomend this as a very important source to learn Reporting Services
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SQL DBA on November 3, 2006
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This book does a good job of covering how to create, format, and deploy a report. But, like most books, it doesn't do a good job of talking about what to do if something doesn't work. In particular, it glosses over the security aspects of running Reporting Services. RS uses Active Directory, if you have AD installed. but the book doesn't mention AD and how the two products work together. I found that I had to use a SQL Server userid and password instead of NT security in order to get a deployed report to work. The issue has to do with the 'double hop' problem. You can get more info in the Q319723 article on Microsoft's Knowledge Base.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bruce on December 29, 2007
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Almost impossible to do the walkthroughs as the writers can't decide if they are giving you instructions or just offering some general concepts. Chapters 1-3 are a waste of time. Go straight to chapter 4 to get started.

The format is too conversational and often fluffed-out with irrelevant details.

Overall, another disappointing Wrox text that has too many authors and no editor.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Compton on November 10, 2006
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The first few chapters I have read of this book have been so disappointing that I'm back at Amazon looking to buy another, different book. I have some previous experience with Reporting Services so I bought a `Pro' book and jumped straight into Chapter 12 and 13 looking for the real meaty information I needed. Unfortunately this book is for beginners. The book is poorly edited - with examples containing numerous incorrect URL's and parameter names, there are pieces of information given that are just plain wrong, and most of the code examples are trivial, wasting a real pro's time - like how to populate a combobox with items or access a querystring parameter.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CV on January 11, 2007
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For me, this book is "somewhat useful" because there are not a lot of publications out there on this subject. But because I needed to "hit the ground running" and start producing reports with certain functionality right away, I've found it difficult to locate the precise information I need to accomplish a particular task. On the other hand, it appears to describe the application ad naseum, so for someone with lots of time to immerse themselves, it might be the right book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Balraj Bhachoo on October 16, 2008
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To start with the first 3 chapters are a waste of time. Chapters 6 and 7, covering advanced reporting techniques should have been expanded on in detail with a step by step layout - instead we get a dumb comment - "you've learnt the details in earlier chapters (not true of the code). There is constant problems in reading the text - so much garbage and no proper highlight of key words - its impossible to race through the book, you only can trod like an old man. Unnecessary information is given that is not required. Chapter 11 - Report server configuration is at the end of the book but should be at the front - these nutters assume you are a dba when it comes to environment configuration. The book is a shambles of a layout and i give it one star for the sheer frustration it caused me - how do you learn in this condition - you waste a lot of time swearing and cursing and perfect these skills and not your reporting skills!!
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