Creating Reports? I'm a DBA, Jim, not a moon-shuttle pilot!

Creating Reports? I'm a DBA, Jim, not a moon-shuttle pilot!

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For the SQL Server Central Management System I've been developing, I needed to create a few "dashboard" type reports. I could use just plain old HTML/ASP/ASPX/PHP, but in keeping with the theme of using what I already have available in SQL Server 2008, I thought I would just use Reporting Services (RS). Now, I'm certainly no RS expert, and I wanted to be able to demonstrate creating a report in just a few steps in less than five minutes, so I knew I needed help. I downloaded SQL Server 2008's Report Builder 2.0, which is incredibly simple, and then I used a new book called "Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services" by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, and it really helped. It had a very hands-on, demonstration approach, which I found pretty useful. You can even download the chapter I used for free. Check it out here: http://www.packtpub.com/learning-sql-server-2008-reporting-services/book#indetail 

 

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