Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

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  • Install SQL Server 2008 and configure the SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Learn the various components and tools that enable end-to-end support for all reporting activities
  • Use the report viewer control to get started with the essentials of retrieving and displaying data
  • Create a Report Model using the Visual Studio 2008 Template
  • Learn to modify reports on a report server and create linked files with report manager
  • Embed Microsoft Report Viewer Controls in web and Windows applications
  • Create interactive reports with charts and gauges using Report Builder
  • Create several kinds of reports with Report Builder 2.0
  • Create server reports and report models and deploy them
  • Get the full details of available programming interfaces and their usage
  • Learn to work with Crystal Reports 2008
  • Import reports created using MS Access
  • Learn how to use the Programming API, convert Report file types, use command-line utilities and more

Chapter 1 – An overview detailing the requirements and major highlights of the Reporting Services.

Chapter 2 – Presents the salient architectural details and describes the details of how the different elements of the reporting services fit together to deliver end-to-end support for reporting.

Chapter 3 – Discusses details regarding the usage of Report Viewer Controls, covering both web and Windows forms applications.

Chapter 4 – Discusses the built-in features in Visual Studio 2008 to generate server-based reports and report models. It also describes importing MS Access reports.

Chapter 5 – Describes Report Manager and some of the basic tasks that can be carried out with this tool as well as Email, File Share, and Data Driven subscriptions.

Chapter 6 – This chapter describes the Report Builder 2.0 interface together with the new features that are incorporated into this version. It also describes charts and gauges and their inclusion in reports.

Chapter 7 – This chapter describes the various kinds of reports that one can build using the standalone tool Report Builder 2.0. It also describes data originating in SQL Server, SQL Analysis Server and Report Models.

Chapter 8 – This chapter describes a number of programming interfaces available to work with the SQL Server Reporting Services. Using these interfaces facilitates integration and maintenance of reports into web and Windows applications and configuring reporting services.

Chapter 9 – This chapter describes Crystal Report 2008 and its integration with SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 using a number of examples.

Chapter 10 – Programmatic generation of reports is always a very useful feature as it draws upon the complete API. This chapter deals with creating a report using code that calls the API procedures and also presents an introduction to the.

Appendix A – This appendix describes the different sources of data that are used in Reporting Services. It also describes the differences between SQL Queries, MDX, and Semantic queries and presents how each of them is supported in the Query Designer.

Appendix B – This appendix describes the conversion of RDL to RDLC and RDLC to RDL. Presently this is limited to only RDLC to RDL conversion.

Appendix C – This appendix describes the rs.exe command-line and also describes the tools rsconfig and rskeymgmt.

Appendix D – This appendix details some of the major references and links to online references.


Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 is the third generation Microsoft reporting software that is more tightly integrated with SQL Server 2008 than ever before. It provides a complete server-based platform that is designed to support a wide variety of reporting needs, including managed enterprise reporting, special purpose reporting, embedded reporting, and web-based reporting.

Ideal for beginners who need to create reports as quickly as possible, this book will lead you through practical examples to teach you a full range of skills for reporting with SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. A series of carefully picked exercises help you practice the most important aspects of report creation. By the end of the book, you will have the confidence to take on the most complex of reports, and be producing reports that will make you the envy of your organization.

  • Everything you need to create and deliver data-rich reports with SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services as quickly as possible
  • Packed with hands-on-examples to learn and improve your skills
  • Connect and report from databases, spreadsheets, XML Data, and more
  • No experience of SQL Server Reporting Services required
Page Count 536
Course Length 16 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781847196187
Date Of Publication 23 Mar 2009


Jayaram Krishnaswamy

Jayaram Krishnaswamy studied at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore India and Madras University in India and taught at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. He went to Japan on a Japanese Ministry of Education Research scholarship to complete his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Sydney University in Australia; a Government of India Senior Scientific Officer at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; a Visiting Scientist at the Eindhoven Institute of Technology in the Netherlands; a visiting Professor of Physics at the Federal University in Brazil; an Associate Research Scientist at a government laboratory in São Jose dos Campos in São Paulo, Brazil; a visiting scientist at the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada before coming to USA in 1985. He has also taught and worked at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked with Northrop Grumman Corporation on a number of projects related to high energy electron accelerators and Free Electron Lasers. These projects were undertaken at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island and in the Physics Department at Princeton University. He has over 80 publications in refereed and non-refereed publications and 8 issued patents. He is fluent in Japanese and Portuguese and lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

He has been working in IT-related fields since 1997. He was once a Microsoft Certified Trainer in Networking and a Siebel Certified developer. He has worked with several IT related companies, such as the Butler International in their Siebel practice, with several IBM sub-contractors and smaller companies. Presently he is active in writing technical articles in the IT field to many online sites such as http://CodeProject.com, http://APSFree.com, http://DevShed.com, http://DevArticles.com, http://OfficeUsers.org, http://ASPAlliance.com, Egghead Café, http://SSWUG.org, Packt Article Network, http://databasedev.co.uk, http://cimaware.com, and many others. Between 2006 and 2010 he wrote more than 400 articles mostly related to database and web related technologies covering Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase, ColdFusion, Sun, and other vendor products.

He has written four books all published by Packt related to Microsoft Database and Application Development: SQL Server Integration Services Using Visual Studio 2005, Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2008, Microsoft SQL Azure; Enterprise Application Development, and Microsoft Visual Studio Lightswitch Business Application Development. He regularly writes for his four blogs on Blogger; http://Hodentek.blogspot.com, http://HodentekHelp.blogspot.com, http://HodentekMobile.blogspot.com, and http://HodentekMSSS.blogspot.com. He received the 2011 Microsoft Community Contributor award.

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