Services Rendered

An Insider's Look into the World of SQL Server Reporting Services Report Rendering

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About Services Rendered

I'm Chris Baldwin, a Program Manager with the SQL Server Reporting Services team. I primarily work on the report rendering area of the product where we're all very hard at work making sure that your reports look the way you want them to and behave the way you expect when exported to the various formats that we support.  I'll use this newly created blog (my first ever!) to discuss some of the finer points of report rendering and hopefully offer some insight and tips that you will find useful in your own reporting scenarios.  I came to Microsoft from a company that specialized in Office-based reporting so I'll also talk quite a bit about the future of Office integration with Reporting Services.

I invite you to leave comments and contact me through this blog if you have any feedback or questions on any Reporting Services topics in this area.

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    The "Every Other Page Is Blank" Feature

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    Many Reporting Services users ask this question: "I'm rendering to a physical page format (PDF, Image, Print) and for some reason a blank page gets inserted between all of the other pages in the report. Thank you, Reporting Services, for the free pages...
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    Merge Ahead

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    One issue that continually vexes users of the SQL Server Reporting Services Excel rendering extension is that of merged cells in the Excel output. Merged cells can be a problem because Excel's sort functionality is very particular about the way cells...
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    Export Word and (Better) Excel

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    I recently wrote a whitepaper highlighting a great tool by one of our partners: SoftArtisans OfficeWriter. OfficeWriter is a design tool and custom rendering extension that lets you use Excel and Word documents as report layout templates. This differs...
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    Welcome!

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    Hello, I'm Chris Baldwin. I'm a Program Manager on the SQL Server Reporting Services team. I primarily work on the report rendering area of the product where we're all very hard at work making sure that your reports look the way you want them to and behave...
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    SQL Server Service Pack 2 Released!

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    Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=d07219b2-1e23-49c8-8f0c-63fa18f26d3a&DisplayLang=en
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    SQL Server 2008 has been released! So, what about Report Builder 2.0?

    • 4 Comments
    Hi friends, I'm really happy to say that SQL Server 2008 was released on Wednesday! This is by far our highest quality and most feature rich release, and I'm looking very forward to hearing any and all feedback about the product. Here is some more information...
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