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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2008 edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599921
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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strongRodney Landrum/strong is a MCSE working as a systems engineer, database administrator, and data analyst for a software development company in Pensacola, Florida, that specializes in applications for the healthcare industry. He writes software reviews and feature articles for numerous magazines, including emWindows and .NET/em, emSQL Server/em, emConnected Home/em, emT-SQL Solutions/em, emMicrosoft Certified Professional/em, and emElectronic House/em.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S O JOHNSON on 30 May 2011
Format: Paperback
All i can say is that is book is a poor excuse

It's obvious that this book was written whilst using version 2005 or 2008 pre-release.

I've noticed too many discrepancies which can leave you feeling frustrated or spending ages trying to find out where the instruction are actually referring to. For example, the grouping etc

My advices don't buy this version of the book, extremely disappointed.
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By Mr. T. J. Cox on 5 April 2012
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Doh. I wish i had read the review before purchashing... I am stuck on exactly the same features... Grouping... making me feel as though i am incapable of doing this.... baked my noodle... twisted my melon man.... Might ask the authors for the answers.....
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Find and Replace Failure! 30 Nov. 2008
By Matt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying, anyone who gives the book higher than 1 star rating is either profiting from the sale of this book or didn't actually read it.

It's obvious that the instructions were either written for a previous version of SSRS or a 2008 pre-release.

The instructions have way too many discrepancies with reality!!! "Right click this and then select that..." Well, "that" doesn't exist. This issue happens all throughout the book and it's extremely frustrating.

Everyone deserves a refund! Buying this book is a waste of your money.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your money 24 Nov. 2008
By K. Frost - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have the 2005 version of this book I purchased several years ago but ended up not being able to look at it. I opened it up a couple of weeks ago and realized I might as well start on 2008 since that's the platform I predominantly use and the 2005 didn't synch up well with the 2008 interface.

So I ordered this book. First it's the same book with an attempt to go in and edit where necessary where there were changes in 2008. So with that I'm kind of miffed I paid $39.99 for the same book I already have with minor changes.

To make matters worse, this must have been edited during the beta because I'm through chapter 3 right now and the start versions of the reports I've yet to find one that works by just following what's in the book.

Things such as right click to open up properties of a row group is incorrect, you must also select group properties. They tell you to go to the layout tab but it's called the Design tab in 08. These couple of things are minor but it tells me this book was hastily done without much attention to detail and in my opinion doesn't warrant it's cost. Also, how about an upgrade price for persons who purchased the first one?

The group on's don't work like mentioned in the book in most cases following the procedures in the order presented in the book.

Bottom line, for me to make a purchase such as this, I do it so I don't have to hassle with tinkering. To me this is a book in the category of do what I mean versus what I say. Again, for my purpose of spending $40 on a book, it totally defeats the purpose of the purchase if I have to fill in blanks to get things to work.

If I want to waste the time doing that I'll go on line and just use the documenation.

The download also contains a start version and an working version. It's starting to become clear that the RDL definitions from previous versions will work but trying to follow the instructions of making the start.rdl's work clearly don't work.

Take image.rdl versus's Image Start.rdl. Image.RDL is in a Tablix but Image Start.RDL is not so the fields in it aren't bound.

I had to play around for 30 minutes of manipulating to figure out a way to get it to work. Again, complete waste of money if you look for books that you appear to be as close to error free so you can learn and then use as a reference.

Wait for a book that written from scratch on the RTM of BI 2008 tools.

Note: I submitted errata for this book last week and still haven't heard a response so I'm checking into the hassle of trying to return this and get my money back.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to follow 8 Sept. 2009
By Brian - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've used over a hundred technical books and this is easily one of the most confusing and incomplete ones that I have ever used. Frequently you will find yourself trying to reverse engineer the source code samples because the instructions in the book are missing a variety of key steps that need to be done in order to follow along. I recommend looking for another book if you need help with SSRS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Horrible Outdated insructions 29 July 2010
By Rodney Duke - Published on
Format: Paperback
As other reviewers have pointed out, the instructions are for a previous version. They don't work. They reference items that don't even exist. Menu options that don't exist. Objects that don't exist. What a nightmare. A total waste of money. This book obviously went through NO quality control whatsoever. They should have seen that the instructions failed on every example.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Worst SSRS Book Ever! 27 Nov. 2010
By SQLArch - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the most frustrating experience I had with a technical , "hands-on" book, ever! This book was clearly written for a previous version on SSRS and it seems the authors changed the "2005" on the tittle to "2008". I can not imagine "Pro's" will do such a cheap trick for money. There are countless cases in this book where you will be instructed to right click and select an option, the problem is, that option does not really exist in SSRS 2008, because this book was written for SSRS 2005! Please do not waste your money on this book, and shame on the authors for trying to make money by making quick "search and replace" edits on the SSRS 2005 book and sell it as SSRS 2008.
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