SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services lets you
create, manage, and deliver a variety of report types that contain
data from relational and multidimensional data sources as well as
any data source that has a .NET Framework managed data provider, an
OLE DB data provider, or an ODBC provider.
You can create tabular, matrix, chart, and
free-form report layouts. Graphical elements can be incorporated
into the reports and the reports can be nested to provide drill
down functionality. Document maps and bookmarks can be added to
facilitate navigation in large or complex
Reporting Services export formats include HTML,
MHTML, PDF, Excel, XML, CSV, and image (TIFF).
You can deliver reports using a URL, using the
report viewer control in either a Windows or Web application, or
through a Web service. Report delivery options include: on-demand,
through SharePoint sites including SharePoint Web
reports, subscription reports, and automated reports based on
Reporting Services has two report authoring
Report Designer is a report-authoring
application hosted in Visual Studio that lets developers define,
preview, and publish reports interactively.
Report Builder is a report-authoring
application, built on familiar Microsoft Office
lets users create ad hoc reports based on published report models.
Report models make it easy for end users to navigate and use data
stored in a database or other data source, eliminating the need for
understanding of concepts such as tables, views, fields, and
Reporting Services is an
reporting platform. The API lets you deploy, install, and manage
to support custom data, delivery,
rendering, and management requirements. Reporting Services includes
configuration, monitoring, and management tools.
This book introduces the most important aspects
of Reporting Services. You will learn how to design, define,
deploy, deliver, and manage reports.