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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330261
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 Reporting Services Unleashed

 

Michael Lisin

Jim Joseph

Amit Goyal

 

The authoritative, example-rich guide to Microsoft’s powerful reporting platform

With Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services you can quickly deliver relevant business intelligence data wherever it’s needed–across the entire enterprise, and through the entire reporting lifecycle. SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Unleashed gives you all the authoritative information you’ll need to make the most of Microsoft’s most powerful reporting platform as a database professional, manager, or user. In-depth coverage makes this book an ideal reference, and its extensive set of practical examples help you address virtually any challenge in deployment, configuration, administration, or report building.

 

The authors have extensively expanded this edition with deeper reference information, many more practical examples, and insider perspective into Reporting Services 2008’s powerful new enhancements. You’ll discover how to take full advantage of Reporting Services’ significant architectural changes, its flexible new Tablix control, improved visualization through charts and gauges, deep SharePoint integration through SharePoint Integrated Mode, new output presentation formats, and much more.

 

Understand how to

  • Learn about the new features of Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the SQL Server 2008 R2 release
  • Quickly take advantage of Microsoft’s newest SQL Server Reporting Services enhancements
  • Use Reporting Services to identify trends and solve real business problems
  • Master report authoring–from basic, wizard-driven techniques to the cutting edge
  • Group, sort, and aggregate data, and define the right scope for your information
  • Utilize advanced report formatting techniques
  • Work effectively with multidimensional sources
  • Manage report data sources and models
  • Secure reports against attacks and intrusions
  • Customize Reporting Services with embedded functions, custom assemblies, URL access, Web Services, and other extensions
  • Thoroughly integrate SQL Server reporting into any SharePoint site

 

Michael Lisin, lead author of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, has years of field experience working with SQL Server Reporting Services at Microsoft and delivering solutions for Microsoft’s enterprise customers.

Jim Joseph, co-author of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Unleashed, is an independent contractor with 10 years experience developing custom software solutions in a variety of industries. He has worked with SQL Server Reporting Services since the first beta release.

Amit Goyal, lead program manager for Microsoft’s Reporting Services team, has extensive insider’s knowledge of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.

 

ON THE WEB:

Download all examples and source code presented in this book from informit.com/sams

 

Category: Microsoft Databases

Covers: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

User Level: Intermediate—Advanced

 

About the Author

Michael Lisin

has been in the software industry for more than 17 years, with 10 of those years working with Microsoft. Most of his career, Michael has been consulting on SQL Server and business intelligence solutions for Microsoft’s enterprise customers. He has worked with SQL Server Reporting Services since the product’s first pre-beta version in 2002 and has taught Reporting Services classes and presented topics related to SQL Server at various events. Michael earned his MBA at Texas A&M University in 2006 and continues to be a dedicated scholar of Reporting Services. He is now working with business development for Microsoft.

 

Jim Joseph is an independent contractor with 10 years of experience developing custom software solutions in a variety of industries. He has worked with SQL Server Reporting Services since the first beta release in 2000. He earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 2002. He has worked in a number of roles from developer to database administrator.

 

Amit Goyal is a senior lead manager for the SQL Server Reporting Services team at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Amit was a director at Yahoo! and worked on development of the Panama search monetization platform. He has 14 years of industry experience at high-tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Oracle, and Broadbase Software.He earned his bachelor of science degree from UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) and master’s degree from Stanford University.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Wendorff on 27 July 2010
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I had worked with Crystal Reports for more than 10 years when I first started to work with Reporting Services on a new project. Therefore, I was looking for an introduction to Reporting Services and I'm now using this book and the Wrox title 'Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services' for my work. In my view both books are decent, practical books that cover a similar range of topics.
I personally prefer the SAMS 'Unleashed' book because I find the structure and writing style particularly clear and practice oriented. This does also apply to diagrams and tables which were obviously created with great care.
Often when I read a chapter in the book I could immediately apply the material to improve existing reports. The authors focus on typical, practical problems and present clear and straightforward solutions. This focus on the issues that really matter in practice was a pleasant contrast to some other books that lack this practical angle. In my view this is a very good textbook on Reporting Services for practitioners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KDM User on 2 Aug 2010
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I have been using SSRS 2000 for over 4 years now so I just needed a book which I can use as a reference as we have recently upgraded to SSRS 2008. As a reference and guide this has been useful and has everything you should need to get up to speed pretty quickly.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Belshaw on 23 July 2013
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I have not had a chance to dive in to any degree yet, but what I've seen looks comprehensive and readable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well done practical book 10 Aug 2009
By Al Bismuth - Published on Amazon.com
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It is practical and easy to read book which was immediately useful in my work. The book has a great combination of step-by-step tutorials and comprehensive coverage of Reporting Services, including working with Analysis Services and integration with SharePoint. At work we moving our BI system to SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services from the previous version and all the new features were easily identifiable and well explained in the book. Plus you get nice bonus materials from the publisher, including code samples. Overall it is very well done book.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 28 Jun 2011
By Such a Larry - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for information on Tablix and how to add headers on every page, etc. In other words how do you create a report. I know crystal reports and had not uses SRS and was looking for a book that would explain report creation. Instead there is hundreds of pages on everything but the report writer. Less than one chapter on using the complicated matrix capabilities. How dissapointing is that?

I returned the book. Probably the first time I ever returned a technical book from Amazon.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good Overview 17 Jun 2011
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
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Good overview of the entire SSRS product, this book goes through installing, configuring, writing reports and using the web services API. I was disappointed that the book does not go into more advanced report design, grouping or many of the available properties.
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Direct and easy to read 14 May 2011
By Gary Brunner - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to get started and begin using examples and exercises right away, would recommend for beginners and those interested in reporting and using SharePoint.
Outdated - confused about its audience 27 July 2013
By Terry Hutt - Published on Amazon.com
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Read the title carefully. It's SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. Not SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services. Microsoft made a lot of improvements between release 1 and release 2 including the Lookup functions among others. They are not in the book. There's also no mention of Windows 7 in any form.

Now bear in mind that SSRS 2008 had a lifespan about the same as an anti-neutron in a neutron star and is currently about as relevant as wig powder and you'll see why I feel I largely wasted my money on this book. Everyone I know is on 2005, 2008 R2, or 2012.

Even if this weren't so I would only give this book three stars because it's far too short to cover such a large subject and should have mentioned that it is primarily aimed at administrators with a nod towards developers. It is not suitable for report authors at all.

Some programming books I have on Kindle allow you to cut-and-paste code samples with a little cleanup to remove the copyright. This book displays most of the SQL examples as images which makes this impossible. Either you have to hand enter them which is tedious and error prone or go find the samples online which is inconvenient.
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