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I starting working with Reporting Services 2008 in a project at work. I didn’t really knew much about the whole technology around SSRS, but after some weeks/month of researching I managed to get everything working.
The customers’ requirements were not that trivial. Starting from “simple” ones like multi-language and up to more difficult ones like reports getting data from multiple databases, I learned that there are a lot of options and different ways to implement reports.
The journey began, like every project, with the client’s whishes, listed in a document, known as the specifications document. The main requirements were:
Broken into smaller pieces, each requirement has been investigated and possible solutions were analyzed. After some Internet researching, some e-books and even a printed book (in German language), I have gathered some answers to some of the problems, but unfortunately even more questions than I expected. The difficult part was that I didn’t have enough experience with reporting tools (I played with Crystal Reports some years ago, but never did any web based reports). Diving into the SSRS technology, I begun to understand the concept behind a report server, why someone should use it after all and what the benefits are.
During the research, I gathered a list of useful links:
Coming next: information about (almost) every problem I stumbled upon using SSRS.