Each section in this book walks you through a complete example that first accomplishes a simple task and builds on that to illustrate additional and more advanced features. Although you don't have to, it is a good idea to actually work through the examples to get the most out of this book. You should be able to mimic these examples using your own reporting projects. Some of the examples in this book use the AdventureWorks databases and sample reports. All reports that you develop in the examples in this book use the AdventureWorks database.
The samples and samples databases are not installed by default during SQL Server installation. You can install samples by selecting them in the Advanced area of the Components to Install page in the setup wizard. You can also install them after installing SQL Server by following the instructions in the topic Running Setup to Install AdventureWorks Sample Databases and Samples in SQL Server Books Online.