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  • Blog Post: Power View and Reporting Services 2012 Book

    Several projects kept me very busy over the past year. I will talk more about a few of these in subsequent postings now that some are publicly disclosed in the meantime. In this posting, I am very happy to announce the availability of “ Professional Reporting Services 2012 ”. After the successful Report...
  • Blog Post: Turn-Based Gaming Against AI in RS Reports (aka BI Power Hour 2009)

    At the traditional annual “BI Power Hour” sessions several teams contributing to the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform show off their technology in a fun way.  It is about demonstrating, in perhaps unusual ways, of how business intelligence and various tools of the BI stack can be useful...
  • Blog Post: RDL 2010, RPL, RGDI

    SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2 introduces the RDL 2010 format with enhancements such as Maps, shared dataset references, page breaks , as well as RDL expression language additions such as Lookup, and aggregates of aggregates. You can now download the RDL 2010 specification as XPS file . ...
  • Blog Post: Report Design: Naming Excel Worksheets

    One of the frequent feature requests for Reporting Services was to add the ability to define data-dependent names for worksheets when exporting to Excel. Reporting Services 2008 R2 adds this capability through a more general feature to name pages. In Excel export , report page names determine the...
  • Blog Post: Globals!RenderFormat aka Renderer Dependent Report Layout

    One of the design principles of the Reporting Services platform is that you author a report once, and it then renders to all interactive and export formats with as much fidelity as possible (and enabled by the underlying export format). You don’t need to worry how certain report items and style...
  • Blog Post: Report Design: Shrinking Hidden Static Table Columns

    Reporting Services 2008 introduced the ability to dynamically hide table columns and shrink the width of the table (and the report body) at the same time automatically. That said, you also have the ability to just hide the contents, but not the actual table column and preserve the space. I see this...
  • Blog Post: Report Design: Reset Page Number on Group

    One of the frequent feature requests for Reporting Services was to add the ability to reset page numbers within the report, e.g. based on a change in the group value. Reporting Services 2008 R2 adds this capability through a more general feature to name pages, and define dynamic page breaks and optionally...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Report Viewer Available

    In case you missed it in the recent wave of SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Office release announcements, Visual Studio 2010 was released in mid April and includes significantly enhanced ReportViewer controls. In server mode, the ReportViewer control can connect to and leverage the features of SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM

      SQL Server 2008 R2   was just released to manufacturing (RTM) today. You can read more details about the overall SQL Server 2008 R2 release here .   SQL Server 2008 R2 is a big release, with new “editions” (MSDN contains the detailed feature by edition matrix ), and includes also...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Services Recipes Book Downloads

    The Reporting Services Recipes book contains detailed step-by-step instructions and explanations for each report design recipe. We also know that readers want to learn at their own pace, and sometimes don’t have the time to go step-by-step, but instead want to play with the final report first and then...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Services Recipes Book Released

    This book should be on the shelves any day now and is truly special! It draws from the experience of many Reporting Services industry experts and brings together best practices and report design patterns. I co-authored this book with Paul Turley, and it also includes great contributions from Grant Paisley...
  • Blog Post: Refreshable Reports in Word, PowerPoint, Excel

    Microsoft Office supports several ways of embedding images into Office documents: Insert – statically inserts a copy of an image into the document. Link – creates a virtual connection with that image without actually embedding it in the document. Insert and Link – insert...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP – What’s New In Reporting Services?

    The November CTP download is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The public download is available here . The feature pack download is now also available and includes Report Builder 3.0 as well as the RS add-ins for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. The Data Platform Insider blog provides...
  • Blog Post: RS Maps with Spatial Data and Bing Maps

    SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP includes map visualization functionality in Reporting Services , as briefly described yesterday. In this posting, I’m going to provide an introduction of how to use spatial data and Bing Maps with Reporting Services Maps. The attachment of this posting includes...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP – What’s New In Reporting Services?

    The August CTP download is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The public download is now also active here . The Data Platform Insider blog provides an overview of what's new in this first public CTP release for SQL Server 2008 R2. If you are reading my blog, you are probably interested in...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Player Gaming in RS (aka BI Power Hour 2008)

    At the traditional annual “BI Power Hour” sessions, several teams that contribute to the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform show off their technology in a fun way. It is about demonstrating, in perhaps unusual ways, of how business intelligence and various tools of the BI stack can...
  • Blog Post: Subreport Usage

    In a previous post I showed how to quickly find reports that use custom report items (CRIs). The same idea can be applied to subreports as well. As an administrator of a report server, you may access the catalog database directly. Keep in mind that any queries you execute directly against the report...
  • Blog Post: Report Surfer

    I wanted to give some props to MVP Grant Paisley who has setup a site called Report Surfer , where you can directly view, share, and download sample Reporting Services reports. I met Grant a few months back when he visited Redmond. He was very interested in reports I had built for the RS 2005 chart...
  • Blog Post: Better Report Viewing in Visual Studio 2010

    We plan to release significantly updated and improved versions of both the Winforms and ASP.NET Report Viewer controls in Visual Studio 2010 . This is going to include the long awaited local mode support for the new report processing engine , originally released with SQL Server Reporting Services 2008...
  • Blog Post: What Kind of Reports are Published / Which Use Custom Report Items?

    As an administrator of a report server, you may occasionally ask yourself the question of what kind of reports are published in terms of their particular feature usage. For example: · Usage of Custom Report Items (CRIs) You plan to upgrade from RS 2005 to RS 2008 and there are CRI controls installed...
  • Blog Post: Custom Report Item

    Custom Report Item in Reporting Services 2005 This server extensibility feature introduced in Reporting Services 2005 (RS 2005) provides the ability to develop custom report items for embedding in reports. Examples of resources available that provide insights into how one can build custom report item...
  • Blog Post: RDL 2008 Specification

    Our documentation team made the latest RDL specification available on the Reporting Services site: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/reporting.aspx The 2008 RDL specification is available as XPS and as PDF document. Older versions of the RDL specifications are still available: 2005/01...
  • Blog Post: Trendlines (Calculated Series) in Reporting Services Charts

    One of the new chart features in Reporting Services 2008 is the ability to add chart series calculated from another series. This is accomplished by right-clicking an existing series (data point value) and selecting "Add Calculated Series ..." from the popup menu. You can choose from a variety...
  • Blog Post: Charts with Dynamic Height or Width based on Categories/Data

    You may have been in this situation before - you designed a chart based on a particular dataset and everything looks great. However, later the data volume increases, or new categories dynamically show up in your data source, and there is not enough horizontal/vertical space in the chart to show all the...
  • Blog Post: Fields in Page Header

    One of the small new features in Reporting Services 2008 that has not been widely publicized, is the ability to directly reference dataset fields and dataset aggregations from expressions in the page header and page footer. You can accomplish this by simply dragging a dataset field directly into the...
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