C H A P T E R  4

Laying Out a Report

Now it is time to delve into the area in the IDE in which you’ll probably spend the most time: the Design tab. The real creative magic begins here, and we don’t mean because a wizard or two might be involved.

Different report requests and target audiences mean that the look and feel of each report will not be uniform. One user might expect drill-down functionality, while others might need full, detailed listings of data for printing. Whatever the case, SSRS provides many tools in the Toolbox for rapid and efficient building of high-quality reports that can be immediately deployed from within BIDS. In the following sections, you’ll take the sample data and put it to use as you explore the functionality of ...

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