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. What I liked most about this book is its personal coordination and in-depth approach for instance not many reporting books discuss localization in detail and in a real-world scenario style in reports as you'll see it being done in Brian's book. Since it's written by one author, I found the reading to be much more consistent and harmonic across the book.
Following is the chapter summary for the reader to see that Brian has covered most of the required ground for issues one may encounter during report development.
Chapter 1: Let's Start at the Very Beginning
Chapter 2: Putting the Pieces in Place: Installing Reporting Services
Chapter 3: DB 101: Database Basics
Chapter 4: A Visit to Emerald City: The Report Wizard
Chapter 5: Removing the Train Wheels: Building Basic Reports
Chapter 6: Graphic Expression: Using Charts and Images in Reports
Chapter 7: Kicking It Up a Notch: Intermediate Reporting
Chapter 8: Beyond Wow: Advanced Reporting
Chapter 9: A Leading Exporter: Exporting Reports to Other Rendering Formats
Chapter 10: How Did We Ever Manage Without You? The Report Manager
Chapter 11: Delivering the Goods: Report Delivery
Chapter 12: Extending Outside the Box: Customizing Reporting Services
Appendix a: report item reference
Appendix b: web service interface reference
Appendix c: report definition language reference
Appendix d: ad hoc reporting
This book is an upgrade from previous reporting services book and is equally valuable for both the beginners and intermediate reporting services users.