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  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Data Bars in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2

    Data Bars are a new feature in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2 introduced with the November CTP.  Data Bars are useful for building what are often referred to as “trellis” and “table lense” displays that help report consumers indentify possible correlations between multiple values, or in the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Map Tips: How To Import Shapefiles Into SQL Server and Aggregate Spatial Data.

    In the August CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2, we introduced the map report item in Reporting Services.  As you might already be aware, the map in SSRS supports the spatial data types and functions that are available in SQL Server.  In this post, we’ll look at what you can aggregate spatial data...
  • Blog Post: Building Win-Loss Sparklines in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2

    With the November CTP of SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2, we are introducing a new visualization in SSRS, sparklines.  Sparklines were developed by Edward Tufte and are described as “small, intense, simple data words” .  In this post we’ll look at how you can add a “win-loss” sparkline...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Drilldown on (SSRS) Reporting Services 2008 Charts

    In this post I'm going to spend some time covering a subject that comes up quite a bit on our forums , which is how to enable drill-down on a chart in Reporting Services. In this example, I'm using the Analysis Services 2008 AdventureWorks cube.  First, create a connection to the Analysis Services...
  • Blog Post: SSRS and Microsoft Chart Control How To: Change the Width of Bars and Columns

    Every once and I while I get asked this question, and it fits nicely with a series I've been planning to blog on what you can do with custom attributes in charts in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008.  The question is, "How do I change the width of the bars and columns on the charts?"...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework 3.5 Released!

    This is just a quick post to help spread the word that the Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework 3.5 are now publicly available.  A big congrats to the team! Here are some useful links Downloads 1. Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – This installs the ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: How To: Build Sparkline Reports in SQL Server Reporting Services

    This is my first post in what I hope is a long series of how to's related to data visualization. For my first post I'm going to demonstrate how you can add sparklines to your SSRS reports. Below is a screenshot of what a sparkline may look like in SSRS. Sparklines are effectively miniature versions...
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