Applied Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Paperback – 27 Aug 2008
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"This is a great resource for those who are looking to get the most out of the Microsoft reporting platform. Leveraging his lengthy experience with the product and close relationship with the development team at Microsoft, Teo provides an insider's view of the product that goes beyond simple tutorials and screenshots. The book has a wealth of information about little known areas of the product and is loaded with practical examples that will save you time and frustration during your next reporting project." --Brian Welcker, former Group Program Manager Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
"A highly recommended book--it's ideal for both beginners and experienced developers." --Chriss Webb, MVP, owner, Crossjoin Consulting
"This is a great resource for those who are looking to get the most out of the Microsoft reporting platform. Leveraging his lengthy experience with the product and close relationship with the development team at Microsoft, Teo provides an insider s view of the product that goes beyond simple tutorials and screenshots. The book has a wealth of information about little known areas of the product and is loaded with practical examples that will save you time and frustration during your next reporting project." Brian Welcker, former Group Program Manager Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services"
"A highly recommended bookit's ideal for both beginners and experienced developers." Chriss Webb, MVP, owner, Crossjoin Consulting"
"Those who are familiar with Teo's previous books will not be disappointed with his latest work. . . . Like other Prologika books there are plenty of documented real-world stories & lessons learned to save you finding out the hard way." Nick Barclay, Microsoft MVP and senior solutions architect"
"Very well written and thorough . . . plus great examples." Erik Veerman, SQL MVP and Solid Quality mentor"
About the Author
Teo Lachev is a developer, author, and mentor with Reporting Services. He works as a technical architect for a leading financial institution where he designs and implements business intelligence solutions for the banking industry. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004 for his contribution to the technical community, Teo is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He is the author of Applied Microsoft Analysis Services 2005 and the coauthor of the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Implementation and Maintenance Training Kit. He frequently speaks at user groups and conferences such as TechEd and PASS. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is excellent. It is suitable for all levels, really. Unlike many tech books it is good on detail and provides greate code examples. It's saved me hours of experimentation. I also bought Brian Larson's book on the subject. It now gathers dust, but this book is invaluable.
Why only four stars? The binding is dreadful. Pages are falling out in sections. The first eighty pages are now in a file. Proligika need to sort this out (see all the US comments about this). That said, I guess I'll buy another copy or go with a Kindle...
My criticism is that it isn't available in e-book format. I travel a lot on business, and carrying a heavy tome around with me is a total pain. I have all of my Microsoft Self Paced Training books with me all the time on my netbook, so why not this book?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Teo understands what developers need and what they don't. Some of us don't have a lot of time to spend experimenting with a new tool or a new version. His explanations and examples cut to the chase and left me feeling confident in my ability to put the information to use. The videos on his website are a great compliment to the text. I recommend them both.
This book will fit very well to 3 groups of readers:
1) Reporting Services beginners.
You will be writing your first reports after you are done with chapters 1-3. You can stop after chapter 5 and be in the pretty good shape for your work. You will be able to create reports from different sources, make interactive reports and more.
2) Advanced Reporting Services users
If you are already familiar with RS, you will greatly benefit from this book, because it is in essence is an "applied" reporting services book. I would not read chapters 1,2,3 and 5 if you are an experienced user, but I would read everything else. The book will teach you some extra techniques, will explain in details some best practices and will answer many questions you come across while designing complex solutions.
There are not many books that offer in one area information for different coding needs. This book will walk you through reporting for .net, programming RS web service, integration with SSAS and SharePoint. If you are a developer, chapters 14-18 is a gold mine.
Each chapter comes with report samples. Only by digging through reports and custom codes, you can learn more than in most of "step by step" books for beginners.
I also found chapter 6 - Designing for Data Visualization - very useful for anyone who does reports that must be visually informative. I never understood some of the types of charts (polar or bubble for example), Teo did a good job of explaining each and every one with very useful report samples.
Great book all around.
After spending a few hours skimming Teo's book, I was able to dive back into SSRS 2008 and start implementing the new features. Teo writes in a very practical and logical manner. It's easy to use his book as a reference. It also has some nice background information that provides insight into how SSRS works under the hood.
This is one of those rare books that is full of information that you cannot find on the web.
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