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Beginning SQL Server 2008 Express for Developers: From Novice to Professional by Robin Dewson

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Chapter 15. SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

As a beginner learning how to use SQL Server 2008, the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle is discovering how to retrieve data from a database and then place it on a report. Various reporting tools inhabit the marketplace. Some, such as the Business Objects stable of products, are very powerful, but they're generic tools that cater to many different data sources. Microsoft has produced its own reporting tool, Reporting Services, which is becoming more and more powerful with each version. The aim of this chapter is to introduce you to Reporting Services so you can see some of what is achievable.

Building a report is a straightforward process of creating a connection, defining the data to return, and then ...

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