Pro SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Paperback – 9 Mar 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
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.
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.
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