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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!




Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data ServicesI’ll admit it, I’ve been involved in the process of book writing!  I wasn’t the writer, no, I left that task to Jeremy Kashel, Martyn Bullerwell and Tim Kent, three guys working for a UK-based company called Adatis.

I cooperated as one of the Technical Reviewers, which means I’ve read the whole book before it was published.  Obviously, just reading was not all.  I tried out all exercises to ensure that the code did not contain any mistakes and commented on possible errors, or difficult-to-understand paragraphs due to lack of details or sentences that were phrased in a weird way.

And I have to say, I was surprised by the quality of the text before it was even read by a Technical Reviewer.  It’s not easy to write several chapters, building further on the result of the previous one, without making any mistakes.  But the guys managed to do that just fine!

So, if you’re looking for a good book on Master Data Services, have a look at the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services book, published by Packt Publishing.

The book is aimed at everyone new to MDS, no prior knowledge is required.  You will need to know SQL Server though, but as you’re reading my blog I’m sure that shouldn’t be a problem.

This doesn’t mean that it won’t go into detail though, don’t misunderstand me here.  If you’ve read the book from start to finish, you will have thorough knowledge of Master Data Services!

Happy reading,



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