Book: SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints

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!




  1. Varinder Sandhu’s avatar

    Congrats Valentino

    Varinder Sandhu (One of the reviewer of this title)


  2. Loran Payne’s avatar

    Does the book make a good quick reference? Do you recall if it includes instructions on how to get a matrix in Report Builder 3.0 to populate multiple tabs with headers and subtotals? I tried applying your excllent instructions on splitting up a table to multiple tabs, but it just effectively cut the matrix in half and put it on two tabs… Thanks!!


  3.’s avatar

    Mind you, that movie is him portraying himself, and actually downplaying a lot of what he did because the producers didn’t think that it would be believable to accurately portray what happened because he was that much of a


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