Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit April 2010 update.  This update includes an additional unit of new content covering SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services improvements.    SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services offers a variety of improvements for developers, administrators and information workers alike. Report authors will benefit from expression language and layout improvements. Rich new data visualizations like data bars, sparklines and maps will make your reports convey information with more impact in less space. Reports can now be designed from shared report parts published to a report gallery, dramatically improving the productivity of the report design process. Access to exciting new data sources like SharePoint lists and ATOM data feeds can enrich the data included in reports, and reports themselves can function as a data source for ad-hoc analysis in SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot. Developers will benefit from new ReportViewer and Chart controls in Visual Studio 2010 as well as improved integration with SharePoint 2010.

Download this new release today at the following URL:

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9710868

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in this release:

New Presentations (7):

  • What's New in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Developing Reports with the New Features of SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Visualizing Data with Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Working with Shared Components in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Working with ATOM Data Feeds in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Embedded Reporting in Applications with SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services and Visual Studio 2010
  • Developing with the Microsoft Chart Controls in Visual Studio 2010

New Demos (5):

  • Using the New Report Design Features in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Visualizing Data with Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Using Shared Component Libraries in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Using SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Report Feeds
  • Using the Visual Studio 2010 Report Viewer Control

New Hands-on Labs (5):

  • Visualizing Data with Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Developing and Consuming Report Libraries in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Working with ATOM Data Feeds in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Embedded Reporting in Applications with SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services and Visual Studio 2010
  • Developing with the Microsoft Chart Controls

New Videos (12):

  • Presentation: What's New in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Presentation: Developing Reports with the New Features of SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Demo: Using the New Report Design Features in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Presentation: Visualizing Data with Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Demo: Visualizing Data with Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Presentation: Working with Shared Components in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Demo: Using Shared Component Libraries in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Presentation: Working with ATOM Data Feeds in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Demo: Using SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Report Feeds
  • Presentation: Embedded Reporting in Applications with SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services and Visual Studio 2010
  • Demo: Using the Visual Studio 2010 Report Viewer Control
  • Presentation: Developing with the Microsoft Chart Controls in Visual Studio 2010

We hope you find this content useful in understanding how to take advantage of these important improvements in your solutions.  Stay tuned for the next update!