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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An almost excellent book - good for beginners.
This is a well structured book with many, easy to follow, practical exercises for people who are starting from scratch with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. It covers all the basic reporting capabilities, the deployment and management of reports and the customising of Reporting Services. It also has three useful, interface reference appendices for Report...
Published on 31 Oct 2007 by tinybiker

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction
This book provides an example lead course in designing reports so it gives a good overview of what is possible. Unfortunately this approach means you know what to do to repeat the examples but do not fully understand why. I am finding the book hard to use as a reference as the indexing focuses on finding the examples rather than the techniques.
Published on 12 Sep 2006 by Gavin Reid


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An almost excellent book - good for beginners., 31 Oct 2007
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tinybiker (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (Paperback)
This is a well structured book with many, easy to follow, practical exercises for people who are starting from scratch with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. It covers all the basic reporting capabilities, the deployment and management of reports and the customising of Reporting Services. It also has three useful, interface reference appendices for Report Items, Web Servers and the Report Definition Language. A fourth appendix also deals with adhoc reporting.

On the downside, there is no indication of the differences between the 2005 and 2000 versions of Reporting Services, therefore this book should not be bought by users who are already experienced with the earlier version.

The biggest drawback is the accompanying database and code that has to be loaded from the publishers Web site. They appear to belong to an earlier version of the book. This means users have to subtract a couple of years from all dates used in the text and at least one report can't be built at all. This stops me awarding top marks to an otherwise excellent book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, 12 Sep 2006
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This book provides an example lead course in designing reports so it gives a good overview of what is possible. Unfortunately this approach means you know what to do to repeat the examples but do not fully understand why. I am finding the book hard to use as a reference as the indexing focuses on finding the examples rather than the techniques.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid real world examples, great technical overviews and clarity of content, 1 May 2008
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As a BI technical developer, with previously very little understanding for reporting services, this book has enabled me to gain, in a very short period of time, a solid understanding of SSRS.

Brian Larson's book delivers clear technical overviews of real world, useful and practical examples. This book meets the needs of developers and users with varying skill levels in Reporting services; the book covers from basic to advanced topics in a gentle transition.

Look out for the "Task Notes" feature for simple yet detailed explanations of scenarios/assumptions following various example reports.

The only negative comment from me is the excessive and repetitive "Step-by-step" guide throughout the book. I suppose practical repetition is the key to learning!

Go on and gain SSRS skills now! This book will help!
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