TechEd session: Tips and tricks for building rich reports

Here’s a recording of my TechEd 2012 North America session last week in Orlando: Tips and Tricks For Building Rich Reports The entire session is based on Report Builder 3.0. All content is relevant to both SQL 2008 R2 and SQL 2012. Topics covered: Use a tablix to organize data how you want it Use…

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Add Excel-like "color scale" conditional formatting to your reports

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, and it looks like David Lean beat me to it earlier this year by posting an incredibly thorough four-part discussion of how to do conditional formatting in Reporting Services. I’ve played with his sample code a bit and put together a variation on his theme…

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What to do with IdentifyingAttributes and DefaultDetailAttributes?

SQL 2005 report models will ship with a curious and admittedly incomplete solution for handling “the information users typically want to see about an instance of entity X”. The problem is that there are many scenarios for which the answer to that question differs: Scenarios 1. Dropdown selection (applies to entities with a relatively small…

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