on 10 January 2011
I have read both the SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 versions of this book to prepare for Microsoft exams and have found both of them useful. The SQL Server 2008 version is as well written as its predecessor and I cannot fault any of the exercises. I liked the joint coverage of native mode and Sharepoint mode and the Quick Reference sections at the end of each chapter. The book is excellent for beginners and revision, but you will want to follow up on some of the provided web links for more detailed information.
on 16 January 2012
Wasn't sure whether to purchase this book due to using SQL Server 2008r2 rather than 2008, but took the risk and it was worth it.
The excercises are helpful, although like another user found, you will need to set the year from 2004 to 2008 when using the sample data.
I used report builder 3 and with some of the excercises being designed for report builder 2 you may have to hunt around for menu's and buttons. Like all Micorsoft products, the functions remain but they may just have been moved to another tab/location.
Overall a very useful book whether you are using 2008 or 2008r2