Book Review – Learning SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
May 20, 2009 5 Comments
If you are relatively new to SQL Server Reporting Services and you’re a Tactile/Kinesthetic learner (one that learns best by doing rather than listening or reading), this may be the book to help you to quickly get up to speed on Reporting Services.
The author teaches by example throughout most of the book, using the Hands-On exercises to deliver much of the book’s content. I’d dare say that 70% to 80% of the book is in the form of Hands-On exercises.
The book is replete with screen shots to help those less familiar with Reporting Services follow along. For example, Hands-On Exercise 1.1 guides you through installing SQL Server 2008. The author goes to great lengths to ensure each step of the process is clear and unambiguous, using screen shots and commentary to guide the reader through each step. Exercise 1.1 is 25 pages.
If you are already well steeped in the SSRS, this book may be a bit on the remedial side for your tastes, though I suspect you’ll be able to glean some useful tidbits of information about the differences from prior version of the product.
The publisher has made a chapter of the book available for download if you’d like to take a peek before making your buying decision. EDIT: The link seemed to be for a limited time only so I’ve removed it from the blog post to eliminate confusion.
If you read this book, I’d love to hear you thoughts in the comments section below.