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I'm the Group Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics AX engineering team covering Service Industries (including markets such as professional services, construction, architecture and advertising). I've been at Microsoft for over 17 years and was previously a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), part of Microsoft's Health Solution Group. I also spent 8 years as the Group Program Manager for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, where my team created and delivered the Microsoft business intelligence and reporting platform for IT Pros, end users and developers as part of SQL Server and Visual Studio. I joined Microsoft after a role as software architect for a4 Health Systems, a hospital software company in my home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Stands for Decibels (SP1 CTP)

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    It's been a while since my last post but as you'll see, I've been busy. In addition to thinking about the next major release of Reporting Services, I've been working on getting out the Reporting Services changes for SQL 2005 Service Pack 1. Today we reached...
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    De Stijl (Report Pack Updates)

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    I know many of you have downloaded one or more of the Report Packs for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services . In the past two years, we released 7 of them, ranging from IIS log reporting to business reports for Axapta and MSCRM. Specifically in reference...
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    Sing the Troubled Beast (New RS / DM Article)

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    We just published an excerpt from the book, Applied Microsoft Analysis Services, by Teo Lachev. The article is titled Implementing Smart Reports with the Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform and shows how you can integrate Reporting Services with...
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    Give Blood (Report Expressions in Report Builder)

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    It's not obvious, but SQL Server 2005 Report Builder allows you to use expressions in textboxes on the report surface. You don't get an expression editor, but if you begin a textbox value with '=', it will be evaluated at report processing time. For example...
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    Fingerpops (RS and Flattened Rowsets)

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    We have gotten some negative feedback from customers about the RS/AS integration in SQL 2005. This is frequently communicated as a "flattened rowset versus cellset" issue. While RS does consume data from sources in a rowset format, flattened rowsets from...
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    Snowing Sun (New RDL Specification)

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    We have uploaded a new Report Definition (RDL) specification to the SQL Server web site. The RDLNov05.PDF file contains the SSRS 2005 version. It's the same tags that are documented in SQL 2005 Books Online , just in a single document.
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    Antics (SQL 2005 Documentation Updates)

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    It's been a couple of weeks since my last entry. Lately, we have been working on plans for SQL Server "Katmai" as well as taking some much needed down time. Last weekend, the entire SQL team went up to Whistler, BC for some winter fun. It was especially...
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    At the National Grid (Features for RS.Next)

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    Now that SQL 2005 is done, we have been working on plans for the next release of Reporting Services. While we have lots of ideas for new features, we are always interested to hear about what customers want. If you would like to see something in the next...
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    Calling Over Time (New Reporting Services 2005 Partner Products)

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    Now that SQL Server 2005 is released, some of our partners are updating and enhancing their products to work with the new version. I want to point out two great partners in with new products. The first is a company called Neodynamic Systems ( http...
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    Horses (Parameterized Web Service Report)

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    Several people have had trouble using the new XML data provider in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. Unfortunately, the feature came in very late in the cycle so the documentation is really sketchy. I have built a report that uses an Anagram web services...
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    Free Dirt (SQL Launch)

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    I haven't gotten a chance to write a new blog entry since I returned from the SQL 2005 launch in San Francisco . The main entertainment (Cheap Trick and the Orange County Choppers guys) was fun but the highlight of the evening was AC/DShe, an all-girl...
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    Houdini (GotReportViewer?)

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    If you are eager to get started with the Microsoft Report Viewer Controls in Visual Studio 2005, check out Rajeev's new site at http://www.gotreportviewer.com/ . It's got lots of great info and samples.
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    Bakesale (Upgrading from RS June CTP)

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    I know many of you have been testing Reporting Services using the SQL Server 2005 June CTP. While there is no officially supported upgrade path to the RTM version (the safest thing is to do a fresh install and then republish your reports), we do have...
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    Northern Drive (SQL Server 2005 RTM)

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    As you have probably seen, SQL Server 2005 (aka Yukon) has shipped (you can download it on the MSDN subscription site ). We had a little celebration Thursday afternoon on campus and it started me thinking about all of the things that have happened since...
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    Dead Letter Office (Etch A Sketch)

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    At the PASS Community Summit in Dallas last month, we had another "BI Power Hour" where we show some interesting technology demos using SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence. Not wanting to repeat myself, I decided to create a new demo. This time, I took...
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    Western Culture (RS 2005 Webcasts)

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    Geoff Snowman just wrapped up a very cool webcast series on Reporting Services 2005, and it’s now available on demand. The list of sessions is available at http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman/archive/2005/10/19/482905.aspx .
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    Horse Stories (Welcome, Bob)

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    Please welcome a new Reporting Services blogger to the block. Bobs' Weblog will be a fountain of useful information from the principal developer behind the new Report Builder feature in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.
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    For If You Cannot Fly (Updating Linked Report Page Settings)

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    I previously showed how you can programmatically set the page size properties (used by the print control) for a specific report on the server. I created an updated version of this sample that will set the page properties for all linked reports on your...
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    The Red Line (PDC Wrap Up)

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    It was a presenter's worst nightmare. I was in the middle of my PDC Power Hour demo and my laptop froze. The CPU was at 99% and the mouse was hanging. I found out later that I had experienced some sort of hardware malfunction that only appears after 10...
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    Playing with Fire (PDC Begins)

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    PDC 2005 has begun. I arrived here in Los Angeles yesterday from Seattle. As you might have heard, the entire city of LA lost power yesterday which meant I had to wait around for an extra hour in the lobby of my hotel. It was very surreal seeing a bunch...
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    Everclear (Setting Published Report Print Properties)

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    In a previous post , I described some of the rules around report pagination. I mentioned that you can change the page settings of a published report using the SetProperties web service method. This is especially useful in that we neglect to propagate...
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    Check Your Head (Interview and Open Source RDL)

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    I'm famous . :) OK, not really. But it was a fun interview and has a cute picture of my daughter. On another topic, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then having an open source version of your product must be close on the list. Looks...
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    Alien Lanes (Logical and Physical Pagination Rules)

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    One of the things I see people getting confused about in Reporting Services is around page sizing. Not setting the correct properties can result in extra blank pages or improper paper orientation. Here are some general guidelines for setting page sizes...
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    Brave Noise (Why was my hair green?)

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    It's been over three weeks since I've added a blog entry. You may wonder why I have "gone dark". The fact is, we have been very busy putting the final touches on SQL Server 2005. This point in the product development cycle is exciting, heartbreaking,...
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    Extra Width (Custom Report Items)

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    At this year's TechEd, Andrew Bryan of Dundas Software presented a session on Custom Report Items (a new feature of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services). Several people have asked me to post the code that was shown in the session so I have done so here...
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