November 2013

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SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services BlueprintsAs if preparing for SQL Server Days wasn’t sufficient to keep me fully occupied, I was once again involved in the process of book publication…

And no, I didn’t write it – though I had been asked for it many months ago – no, that not-to-be-underestimated task was for Marlon Ribunal (b|t) and Mickey Stuwey (b|t).

My role was Technical Reviewer so I read and commented on all chapters regarding their technical content.  But that’s not all, I also pointed out typos, my drive to perfection can’t just ignore those :)

The book which I reviewed is called SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints and is published by Packt Publishing.

So if you’re (relatively) new to SQL Server Reporting Services this should be a good read for you.

The book is mainly aimed at report developers though I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt if administrators had a read through it too.  In fact, a couple of the chapters contain material that should be known by every SQL admin who needs to support BI deployments.

The book starts with the basics and gradually builds up to designing more complex reports.  This gives everyone a good chance to understand the basics before delving into more complex material.  By the end of chapter 6 you’ll have used all components needed for SSRS report development, which is a good thing!

So go out, get a copy and start reading about John Kirkland’s tale!

Happy reading!





Regular readers of this blog know that I was one of the speakers at our Belgian SQL Server Days event last Thursday and Friday.

I have to admit that I underestimated the amount of work a little: working full time for a customer, preparing a one-hour session, preparing the SQL Server Days (luckily we’ve got a great team at the SQLUG for this part!) and still having some kind of personal life as well.

On day two we had the pleasure of welcoming 279 attendees all ready to attend sessions in our five different tracks.  And about 70 of those people were in my room!!  I had practically no stress before or during the start of my session, except for the moment when I had to get the microphone wire attached to my head somehow (luckily the technician was still around!)…  In fact, I was more stressed for my dry run session three days earlier.

Would I do it again?  Ow yeah, absolutely!  Even though it requires quite some time in preparation, the applause at the end of the session makes up for that! Smile

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: my slides and demos are available for download from my Skydrive.


For those seeking more information, here are some references related to my session content:

The official Data Quality Services blog (a lot of useful content on DQS!!)

SSIS DQS Matching Transformation

SSIS DQS Domain Value Import

Creating a Synchronous Transformation with the Script Component

Fuzzy Lookup Transformation

DQS Cleansing Transformation

Finding Similar Strings With Fuzzy Logic Functions Built Into MDS

Have fun, and see you next time!



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