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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (11 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764568787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764568787
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,595,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. 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 a revolutionary new tool.

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
  • How to manage reports using Report Manager or program code
  • High–level strategies for business support systems
  • 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

Who this book is for

This book is for developers and report designers using VB, C#, and ASP.NET who need to tie into SQL Server to build customized reports or to integrate reports into Windows or Web–based applications.

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 issues 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 an instructor for Netdesk Corporation in Seattle. As a consultant, he has worked with Microsoft Consulting Services on enterprise–scale development projects and 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. 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 2000, and Reporting Services. Paul 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 from WROX Press.
Paul Turley contributed Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 14, and Appendices D and E to this book.

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 every since. He is currently working as a trainer at Netdesk Corporation, 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 CompTIA′s A+ and CTT+.
Todd Bryant contributed Chapters 11 and 12 and Appendix C to this book.

James Counihan started working with databases and reporting applications when doing research for the government back in 1979. Since then his program management and development experience has been primarily in the retail and energy industries. He′s been teaching development courses at Netdesk Corporation in Seattle for the past three years, focusing on integrating LOB applications using Microsoft application servers and web services.
James Counihan contributed Chapters 6 and 8 and Appendix B to this book.

George McKee is a Solution Developer for Avanade Inc., a Seattle–based integrator for Microsoft technology that′s a joint venture between Accenture Ltd. and Microsoft. George specializes in the inhouse financial systems of Avanade. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and has been using computers and databases to resolve technical and business problems for 25 years. George has MCAD and MCSD certifications. When not sitting in front of a computer, George likes to be found in backcountry skiing in the Washington Cascade Mountains. He can be reached via email at georgem@avanade.com.
George McKee contributed Chapter 13 and Appendix A to this book.

Dave DuVarney is a Senior Consultant at Aspirity, LLC where he provides consulting and training services in the fields of business intelligence and software development. He brings over 5 years of finance, programming, and development methodologies experience to high technology business intelligence solutions. Prior to joining Aspirity, Dave was a development instructor teaching a wide range of Microsoft technologies. Dave also spent his early career working for a Seattle–based CPA firm.
When Dave is not working, he enjoys running. At the time of publishing, he is training for his first full marathon.
Dave DuVarney contributed Chapters 2 and 9 to this book.


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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "andoius" on 27 May 2004
Format: Paperback
As One of the first SQL Server Reporting services books available in the UK. This book has a large knowledge gap to fill in the ever expanding product range of SQL Server. This book covers the fundamentals of report design and accessing the reports via a URL. This book is aimed as the report writer and developer, covering all aspects of report design and deployment. Living up to the Wrox name and available in paperback A must for people wanting to get started in reporting services. I can only give this book a great because it does not cover the advanced features and security as well as I need. But I am sure that there will be another book before long covering these features
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2004
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As One of the first SQL Server Reporting services books available in the UK. This book has a large knowledge gap to fill in the ever expanding product range of SQL Server. This book covers the fundamentals of report design and accessing the reports via a URL. This book is aimed as the report writer and developer, covering all aspects of report design and deployment. Living up to the Wrox name and available in paperback A must for people wanting to get started in reporting services. I can only give this book a great because it does not cover the advanced features and security as well as I need. But I am sure that there will be another book before long covering these features
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Advanced Reporting Services 10 Aug. 2004
By S. Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are 2 RS (Reporting Services) books out right now, this one, and Brian Larson's book. Larson's book is good if you are a newbie to RS, but the examples he uses are very minimal.

How to Choose:

1. If you're a solid SQL Server user and are comfortable setting up RS and have a little C# or VB.NET experience; go with this book.

2. If you're moderately clueless but really want to learn; use Larson's book "Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services," {and maybe pick-up Murach's C# (.Net Developer)}

You may have to do what I did and go through both RS books. I started out clueless and the WROX book would have been too much to start with. Larson's book was a good starter for me, "an advanced newbie" but left me wanting much more.

This review will eventually be out of date, but I think I'll stand by the WROX book (though it has errors). Larson's book is going to get beat out as the entry level book pretty quickly. (as soon as someone publishes another one)

WARNING: If you have never installed SQL Server, this is not the place to start. Reporting Services is not Word. It takes a moderate level of Server knowledge to even get started.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This one is just right! 2 Dec. 2004
By Daniel Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have looked over a number of books about SQL Server Reporting Services (RS), and after comparing them decided that this one is best for my needs.

The book starts with a clear overview of just what RS is, what its components are, and how they work together. This seems to be the part that many other books just miss. Other books seem to get caught up in the hype but fail to deliver a direct, no-frills or buzzwords, account of the actual architecture.

I also like that the books assumes that the reader already knows SQL, .NET programming (although you don't have to be a professional to understand their examples), and SQL Server. This enables them to avoid repeating material which is better covered on other books, and allows them to focus on explaining just what Reporting Services can do, and lets the reader get started using RS right away.

My one beef is that their code examples are in both VB.NET and C#, which takes up unnecessary space in the text. But that's a minor complaint when they otherwise do a great job explaining this fascinating and powerful product.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
AweSome Book 11 May 2004
By NoneYa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not only a great introduction to Reporting Services, but has increased my knowledge of both XML and the .NET data access technologies. Most of the examples were in both languages. I found this to be helpful since my company is migrating to C#.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Very good Reporting Services book 5 May 2004
By Patrick Husting - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found the book to be an excellent source for getting up to speed on Reporting Services. I found chapters 2 and 9 to be very well written. If you are thinking about moving from Crystal to Reporting Services, I would recommend adding this book to your library.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Easy code examples 29 Sept. 2004
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With any SQL Server database, once you've populated it and it has undergone real events (esp. transactions), then you'll need to summarise and display the results. Most likely, on a periodic basis. Plus, the report might be for a nontechnical audience. (Your boss?) So the book offers an efficient investment of your time. It shows straightforward ways to get at the data and how to present it.

While the authors try to minimise it, there is still a modicum of coding. They provide example snippets in C# and VB.NET. If you're already familiar with either language, then there will be nothing complicated in the code for you.

The book also demonstrates how Microsoft is migrating .NET into a seamless integration with its flagship database.

The book is suitable for an intermediate level programmer in C# or VB.NET. It also helps to have some experience in the visuals of laying out a report. For example, an HTML UI or PowerPoint background would not be amiss.
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