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Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services (Microsoft Windows Server System) [Paperback]

with Peter Blackburn , William R. Vaughn
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1 Oct 2004 0321268288 978-0321268280 1

“Bill Vaughn and Peter Blackburn have created a masterful work of Reporting Services documentation, which includes tips, tricks, and product insights that you just won’t find anywhere else.”

–Bryan Keller, Programmer-Writer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“An insightful, informative, and sometimes irreverent look into the world of Reporting Services, Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services provides plenty of walk-throughs, examples, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of the product. Peter and Bill take you step by step through the various features of Reporting Services, pointing out pitfalls and best practices along the way. An excellent addition to any Reporting Services library.”

–Michelle Larez, Technical Writer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“Although it is called Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, I like to think of it in more of a movie context as Bill and Peter’s Excellent Adventure. Get ready for a totally excellent quest to get the most out of your SQL Server Reporting Services deployment.”

–Brian Welcker, Group Program Manager, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“Microsoft Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000 is easily the best product for solving customers’ reporting requirements since Access 1.0 in 1992. It’s simple to use, powerful, and nothing comes close when it comes to producing reports for the web. Bill Vaughn and Peter Blackburn have put together a comprehensive resource that fills a big void in the developer market on this topic.”

–Adam Cogan, Chief Architect, Microsoft Regional Director, Superior Software for Windows (SSW)

“Chapter 9 provides a great explanation of code access security issues and procedures! Easy to read–contains a lot of useful info and no water.”

–Alexandre Mineev, Software Design Engineer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“I got to know Peter and Bill in the early beta stages of SQL Server Reporting Services, where they were among the most prolific participants. This book reflects their passion for this product, their drive to go beneath the surface and understand its inner workings and its architecture.”

–Tudor Trufinescu, Development Lead, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“The ultimate resource for both DBAs and developers on SQL Server Reporting Services; this book and DVD will guide you from installation, security, report design, and deployment to developing extensions.”

–Gert E.R. Drapers, Software Architect, SQL Server Development, Microsoft Corporation

SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services streamlines the process of extricating meaningful reports from your data sources. Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services picks up where the Microsoft documentation leaves off, providing report developers, database administrators, application developers, their managers, and report users with invaluable inside information on the workings of Reporting Services.

Written on the final product release, with input from the Microsoft Reporting Services Development Team, this book offers an authoritative yet independent look at the technology. The authors--both Microsoft MVPs who've worked with the Development Team since the beginning--reveal hidden problems and workarounds as they steer you through each step in report installation, management, security, creation, and programming. You can start setting up simple single-server installations or web farms right away while gaining an in-depth understanding of every Reporting Services feature.

The special companion DVD includes narrated Camtasia™ video demonstrations that show you how to safely navigate the trickier parts of this technology. The DVD also includes the evaluation version of Reporting Services, Books OnLine documentation refresh kit, Service Pack 1, code samples, and much more. A special website provides book and technology updates, as well as new templates and add-ins. Readers also receive six months of free access to a Premium Content area, which includes a private newsgroup, discussion groups, and technical support.

Key topic coverage includes:

  • Reporting Services basics, including the Report Designer and Report Manager
  • Data Source, data, and report security, including Code Access Security
  • Solving installation, design, configuration, security, and subscription problems
  • Report scripting and using the SOAP interface
  • How to customize the Report Manager and Report Designer
  • How to create Custom Data Processing extensions
  • Up-to-the-minute tips, fixes, and workarounds

Insightful, fast-paced, and fun, Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services is your inside guide to getting the most from Reporting Services.

Books in the Microsoft Windows Server System Series are written and reviewed by the world’s leading technical authorities on Microsoft Windows Technologies, including principal members of Microsoft’s Windows and Server Development Teams. The goal of the series is to provide reliable information that enables administrators, developers, and IT professionals to architect, build, deploy, and manage solutions using the Microsoft Windows Server System. The contents and code of each book are tested against, and comply with, commercially available code. Books published as part of the Microsoft Windows Server System Series are an invaluable resource for any IT professional or student working in today’s Windows environment.




Product details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321268288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321268280
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 17.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,322,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Bill Vaughn and Peter Blackburn have created a masterful work of Reporting Services documentation, which includes tips, tricks, and product insights that you just won’t find anywhere else.”

–Bryan Keller, Programmer-Writer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“An insightful, informative, and sometimes irreverent look into the world of Reporting Services, Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services provides plenty of walk-throughs, examples, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of the product. Peter and Bill take you step by step through the various features of Reporting Services, pointing out pitfalls and best practices along the way. An excellent addition to any Reporting Services library.”

–Michelle Larez, Technical Writer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“Although it is called Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, I like to think of it in more of a movie context as Bill and Peter’s Excellent Adventure. Get ready for a totally excellent quest to get the most out of your SQL Server Reporting Services deployment.”

–Brian Welcker, Group Program Manager, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“Microsoft Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000 is easily the best product for solving customers’ reporting requirements since Access 1.0 in 1992. It’s simple to use, powerful, and nothing comes close when it comes to producing reports for the web. Bill Vaughn and Peter Blackburn have put together a comprehensive resource that fills a big void in the developer market on this topic.”

–Adam Cogan, Chief Architect, Microsoft Regional Director, Superior Software for Windows (SSW)

“Chapter 9 provides a great explanation of code access security issues and procedures! Easy to read–contains a lot of useful info and no water.”

–Alexandre Mineev, Software Design Engineer, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“I got to know Peter and Bill in the early beta stages of SQL Server Reporting Services, where they were among the most prolific participants. This book reflects their passion for this product, their drive to go beneath the surface and understand its inner workings and its architecture.”

–Tudor Trufinescu, Development Lead, SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Corporation

“The ultimate resource for both DBAs and developers on SQL Server Reporting Services; this book and DVD will guide you from installation, security, report design, and deployment to developing extensions.”

–Gert E.R. Drapers, Software Architect, SQL Server Development, Microsoft Corporation

SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services streamlines the process of extricating meaningful reports from your data sources. Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services picks up where the Microsoft documentation leaves off, providing report developers, database administrators, application developers, their managers, and report users with invaluable inside information on the workings of Reporting Services.

Written on the final product release, with input from the Microsoft Reporting Services Development Team, this book offers an authoritative yet independent look at the technology. The authors--both Microsoft MVPs who've worked with the Development Team since the beginning--reveal hidden problems and workarounds as they steer you through each step in report installation, management, security, creation, and programming. You can start setting up simple single-server installations or web farms right away while gaining an in-depth understanding of every Reporting Services feature.

The special companion DVD includes narrated Camtasia™ video demonstrations that show you how to safely navigate the trickier parts of this technology. The DVD also includes the evaluation version of Reporting Services, Books OnLine documentation refresh kit, Service Pack 1, code samples, and much more. A special website provides book and technology updates, as well as new templates and add-ins. Readers also receive six months of free access to a Premium Content area, which includes a private newsgroup, discussion groups, and technical support.

Key topic coverage includes:

  • Reporting Services basics, including the Report Designer and Report Manager
  • Data Source, data, and report security, including Code Access Security
  • Solving installation, design, configuration, security, and subscription problems
  • Report scripting and using the SOAP interface
  • How to customize the Report Manager and Report Designer
  • How to create Custom Data Processing extensions
  • Up-to-the-minute tips, fixes, and workarounds

Insightful, fast-paced, and fun, Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services is your inside guide to getting the most from Reporting Services.

Books in the Microsoft Windows Server System Series are written and reviewed by the world’s leading technical authorities on Microsoft Windows Technologies, including principal members of Microsoft’s Windows and Server Development Teams. The goal of the series is to provide reliable information that enables administrators, developers, and IT professionals to architect, build, deploy, and manage solutions using the Microsoft Windows Server System. The contents and code of each book are tested against, and comply with, commercially available code. Books published as part of the Microsoft Windows Server System Series are an invaluable resource for any IT professional or student working in today’s Windows environment.



About the Author

Peter Blackburn is the principal of Boost Data Limited, designing, building, and implementing database systems based on SQL Server. He is a Microsoft MVP who has contributed countless hours to the development of Reporting Services. Peter supports developers worldwide through newsgroups, beta programs, and training sessions on SQL Server and Reporting Services. He is the coauthor of ADO.NET Examples and Best Practices for C# Programmers (APress), and writes and speaks regularly on Reporting Services.

William R. Vaughn is the principal of Beta V Corporation and a Microsoft MVP who worked at Microsoft for fourteen years. His previous books include six editions of the popular Hitchhiker's Guides (Microsoft Press) and two editions of the bestseller ADO.NET Examples and Best Practices for C# Programmers (APress). Bill is a top-rated speaker at conferences worldwide, including Developer Connections and TechEd, and is the author of numerous articles for SQL Server Magazine, MSDN Online, and others.




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5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further than this book 28 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
As a Software Engineer I was looking for one concise source for everything I needed to know about Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. The book covers everything you need to know and would want to learn about, and more, in a manner which puts this book ahead of the competition.
The inside knowledge of Reporting Services from the Authors is clear from the outset and along with the very high quality video walkthroughs on the DVD, there really is no stone left uncovered in the area of Reporting Services.
The best practise guidelines include installation techniques, security options and their implications, query techniques and much more.
Every possible option possible within Reporting Services is explained and there is even content which goes beyond this showing you how to customize the look of the Reporting Services Manager.
In summary the inside knowledge of the Authors of this book coupled with the learning material including the DVD make this my favourite book of 2004.
Go buy it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed 2 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for two reasons: first; anything by Bill Vaughan is bound to be worth reading; and second, I wanted an easy way to expose reports to the outside (non-intranet) world. Thus this book was worth every penny.
This really is an excellent piece of work - and enjoyable to read at that. It covers everything from setup and deployment, through to security, using the SOAP interface, and report design. It will be of use to system architects, developers, infrastructure managers; in fact anyone with a stake in data reporting.
It's also surprisingly easy to understand given the depth of coverage (although there are some sections that had my eyes glazing over). Anybody, technical or otherwise, thinking of getting up to speed on Reporting Services should find it quite useful, nay essential. Buy it now - it is, to quote Mr Weasley: "Bloody brilliant"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone using Reporting Services 29 Oct 2004
By J Bodey
Format:Paperback
I have found it to be excellent value, in fact I would go so far as to suggest that it is (one of) the best technical book I have ever used. The way it goes beyond the standard 'how to drag controls onto a form' style of a lot of books, and tackle the in depth technical stuff that we want the book for, is most excellent. There are a lot of useful tips and workarounds in it. At all times, it is approachable, and written in a style that makes the concepts sink in quite easily.
In addition, the authors have a web forum where they answer (and they do!) questions any reader may have about the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be realistic 14 Oct 2005
By Redmond Developer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Now that all the friends and family have promoted the book...

In order to understand something new, we all must relate that which we're learning to that which we already know.

Pete and Bill have a difficult time transitioning from campy comedians to thoughtful educators. To this extent, their writing style lacks any useful analogies whatsoever which might bridge the gap between the known and the unknown.

The book is full of droll and distracting fantasy references which are completely irrelevant to the subject matter, and are prone to taking the unsuspecting reader off task.

The potential purchaser should also be forewarned that the authors tend towards another immature trait of attempting to impress the reader with their linguistic abilities. Yet, to be effective at teaching they should have remembered to never use a complicated word where a simple one will do.

Many examples are rambling and inconcise, where step-by-step quickly degrades into an ambiguous and vague path.

Not every developer can obtain DOMAIN Authority in order to issue SSL certificates and it's too bad that the authors don't allow for this type of scenario, especially when a reporting system is on a VPN.

All of the content is there, but it's up to the reader to filter and translate most of it from the pitfalls aforementioned into something more to the center of the bell curve.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 27 Oct 2004
By John Salichos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being a beta tester for Reporting Services I had the chance to meet Peter Blackburn (the co-author of Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting). His name was the one to come up every time I was searching for help in any search engine or newsgroup about Reporting Services. He even was there, talking to me live on MSN Messenger, helping me to solve my most extreme problems or understand the various concepts about securing, authoring, deploying and managing RS.

I know that these guys spend a lot of time on researching, helping other people, giving Microsoft RS development team precious feedback. Their trails are all over the internet to prove it!

So, I was happy when Peter told me that he and Bill Vaughn were writing a book on the subject and I was really pleased to see that their book was such an excellent piece of work when I got it in my hands...

The book:

Written in a natural, easy to read language (I'm Greek and my English is not proficient) this book is a precious guide for the Report developer, the WEB developer, the Administrator and DBA, System Integrator and even the hardcore developer. This book explains in detail not only how but why. The two experienced authors suggest best practices and justify why. Another thing that I liked most in this book, is the Security point of view of everything. Peter will not let you setup an insecure RS without having nightmares and for all your life! He won't let you write a single query that leaves the infamous "Injection Code" backdoor open. Instead he'll give you an alternative and explain why it is better (see: "Procedure for passing parameters to Stored Procs").

The humour lying all over this book makes it really enjoyable - be prepare for some laughs too, Peter is quite a character.

But, this book is not only a very good guide. It is a source of valuable advices, tips, tricks, inside (MS) info but most of all it is an independent look on Reporting Services that goes farther than Microsoft itself!

I'll be more specific:

This book will show you how to achieve some things (that you'll desperately need when you become an expert) that MS simply does not support:

* Passing multivalue parameters - IN (p1, p2, p3)

* Creating and using your own parameter UI before report execution (my favourite)

* Expanding Reports with your templates and styles

* Customizing the Report Manager

Oh, I said: "show you"! I mean it. There is a DVD accompanying this book. This DVD is the most useful one I've ever used with a book. The "Hitchhiker's Guide Me" videos will show you step by step all the processes (you'll really appreciate the "Installing an SSL Security Certificate" guide).

My favourite parts:

* Installing and Configuring Reporting Services

* Report Security

* Extending Reports--Report Templates and Styles

* Customizing the Report Manager

* Managing Reports using SOAP

To conclude:

Excellent book, it worth the money. You'll read it once. If you are a developer it will be your best friend for ever!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Reporting Services with this great book 21 Oct 2004
By Mr. G. Suttie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a Software Engineer I was looking for one concise source for everything I needed to know about Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. The book covers everything you need to know and would want to learn about, and more, in a manner which puts this book ahead of the competition.

The inside knowledge of Reporting Services from the Authors is clear from the outset and along with the very high quality video walkthroughs on the DVD, there really is no stone left uncovered in the area of Reporting Services.

The best practise guidelines include installation techniques, security options and their implications, query techniques and much more.

Every possible option possible within Reporting Services is explained and there is even content which goes beyond this showing you how to customize the look of the Reporting Services Manager.

In summary the inside knowledge of the Authors of this book coupled with the learning material including the DVD make this my favourite book of 2004.

Go buy it now!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars non-trivial programming 7 Dec 2004
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
SQL Server 2000 has impressive relational database capabilities, built up by Microsoft in its long struggle with Oracle and IBM. But the size of a real life database and the complexity of a SQL query and of understanding the server's reply are daunting. Thus, Microsoft provides an easier Reporting Services layer, so that you do not need to have expert knowledge of SQL to make intelligent use of SQL Server.

Hence, as an example, the text devotes considerable space to showing the usage of Report Designer Wizards. Quite pretty front end GUIs that hide a lot of complexity. Then there is the Report Manager, to help get summary output understandable to a nontechnical manager.

But while the book shows how these software gadgets do indeed make usage easier, they do not make it easy. This is still a programming book. The heft of which bears testimony to the amount of effort you have to invest in mastering Reporting Services. The programming complexity here tends to be greater than in books on writing macros for Microsoft Word, to cite just one example. (Just in case you are familiar with the latter.)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensible Guide 25 Oct 2004
By Ian Proffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is quite simply one of the best technical companion books I have ever purchased. In the last 15 years I have purchased dozens of database and technical manuals, and this one stands head and shoulders over the others. Most books in this category tend to cost $75, $100 or more - this book is an exceptional value.

I've been using SQL Reporting Services for the last six months. The documentation included with the product all too often fails to explain WHY something works the way it does, or help with workarounds to unforeseen problems. Starting with the authors' website forums, and now this book, I have solved many puzzles encountered with SRS, and taken my SRS skills from beyond the basics to some pretty cool development.

Hitchhiker's Guide is written in a very approachable manner for the non-technical reader as well. The authors use the right combination of humor, expertise and practical advice. When you throw in the walk-throughs and samples on the included DVD, this book simply cannot be beat.
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