Part 1, Introduction, provides a panoramic overview of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report-
ing Services. Chapter1, Introducing Reporting Services, discusses the Reporting Services feature

set and how it fits into the Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform. Chapter 2, Installing Re-
porting Services, explains how to install and upgrade Reporting Services from previous releases.

Part 2, The Report Designer, teaches report authors how to design reports with Report De-
signer, which is Microsoft's premium report authoring tool. Chapter 3, Report Design Funda-
mentals, introduces you to the report design tools and walks you through the steps of

designing basic reports. In chapter 4, Designing Data Access, you'll learn different ways to inte-
grate Reporting Services with a variety of data sources. Chapter 5, Designing Tablix Reports,

shows you how to leverage the innovative Tablix region to author tabular, crosstab, and free-
form reports. In chapter 6, Designing for Data Visualization, you'll be introduced to the new

charting enhancements that can help you jazz up your reports with charts and gauges. Chap-
ter 7, Advanced Report Designer, demonstrates how you can enhance your reports with custom

code and provides practical solutions to common design challenges.
Part 3, The Report Builder, shows you how to empower business users to create their own

reports. Chapter 8 gives you the necessary technical background to build Report Builder mod-
els that abstract data sources. In chapter 9, Authoring Ad Hoc Reports, you'll use Report Builder

client to author simple reports from these models. Chapter 10, Previewing Report Builder 2.0,
provides a preview of the next-generation designer for ad hoc reporting.
Part 4, Management, teaches report administrators the ropes of managing the report server.

Chapter 11, Management Fundamentals, introduces you to common management tasks, includ-
ing managing and securing the report catalog. Chapter 12, Managing Report Execution and Sub-
scriptions, shows you how to optimize report execution and deliver reports via subscriptions.

In chapter 13, Advanced Report Management, you'll learn how to program management tasks
and monitor the report server.

Part 5, Integration, shows developers how to integrate Reporting Services with external ap-
plications. Chapter 14, Integration Fundamentals, explains the two options for integrating Re-
porting Services—URL access and Web service. Chapter 15, Reporting for .NET Clients,

provides code examples for report-enabling Windows Forms and web-based applications.
Chapter 16, Integrating with Analysis Services, shows you how to implement OLAP reports. In
chapter 17, Integrating with SharePoint, you'll learn how to integrate Reporting Services with
SharePoint to build dashboard pages and report portals.
Part 6, Extensibility, teaches developers how to extend Reporting Services to meet more
advanced reporting requirements. In chapter 18, Extending Data Access, you'll implement a

custom data extension to bind reports to application datasets. Chapter 19, Customizing Securi-
ty, shows you how to replace the default Windows-based security with custom solution for

authenticating and authorizing users. Chapter 20, Extending Report Delivery, demonstrates ex-
tending the report server to deliver reports to a Web service. In chapter 21, Building Custom

Report Items, you'll implement a custom progress tracker report item. Finally, chapter 22, Cus-
tomizing Report Definitions, shows you how to change the report definition at run time.