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Everybody (Why Leave IIS?)
If you have gotten a chance to try an early build of SQL Server Reporting 2008 Reporting Services, you know that one of the changes in the product is the removal of the Internet Information Services (IIS) dependency. I have gotten some questions about the motivation behind this change so I thought I...
4 Dec 2007
Younger Than Yesterday (ReportViewer in VS 2008)
As most of you probably know by now, Visual Studio 2008 is now available. What you might not have noticed is a new version of the ReportViewer control and local /embedded report editing experience. Included with VS 2008 are the following new features: Design-time: New Report Projects: Two new project...
26 Nov 2007
Marquee Moon (Field References in Page Headers and Footers)
One of the questions that I get often is about putting database fields in their SSRS report page header and/or footer. Note that putting fields in the page header and footer is not the same as putting a data region in these sections. Because of the impact on layout (what happens when it grows?), we...
20 Jun 2007
When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Thoughts from TechEd)
Last week I attended TechEd in Orlando, Florida . Here are my thoughts on the event. This year was TechEd's 15th anniversary. I realized on the way down that I was attending my 10th consecutive TechEd. When I started attending, TechEd was about 2,000 or so people. This year, TechEd had over 13,000...
16 Jun 2007
Dreamy (Reporting Services at TechEd)
Unlike previous years, I decided not to attend the first day of TechEd. This means that I missed BobMu's keynote but you can read about the details from many of the TechEd bloggers . If you read the press release from TechEd today, we announced the official name for the next release of SQL Server...
4 Jun 2007
Sky Blue Sky (MS BI Conference Notes)
Wow, what a show! I spent this week recovering from the first ever Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference . Conferences in downtown Seattle are always fun because I live in Seattle and don't have to cross the bridge to get to the Microsoft campus. I'd like to thank all of the folks that came up and...
19 May 2007
Roots and Crowns (Too Many Data Tools?)
Sometimes I'll get a question like "Why would I use Reporting Services when I can use Excel?" or "Why does Microsoft have so many tools for building reports?" The underlying assumption behind these questsions is that a limited number of applications should be are able to work with data. IMHO, I think...
17 Feb 2007
Perfect From Now On (Custom Chart Legends)
While the legend built into Reporting Services charts is relatively easy to use, it lacks some of the flexibility that you might like to have. One issue is that it takes up space within the chart boundaries, making the plot area smaller as the number of series grows. So how can you get more control over...
20 May 2005
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