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 Design Recipes book focusing…

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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. In past years, Reporting Services made a number…

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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.  You can still download specifications for previous RDL…

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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 name of worksheets. The report item with the…

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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 settings translate to HTML…

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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 question come up…

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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 reset page numbers….

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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 2008 R2 report servers, as well as…

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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 significant enhancements in Reporting Services. I summarized many…

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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 explore how it was built.  As…

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