SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services

I have been playing around with Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services and I must say I am pretty impressed.

After a hefty 134 MB download, installation of the Reporting Services went pretty smooth. I installed the services on my Win XP Pro machine, and during setup I was able to point to my SQL Server machine where the databases for Reporting Services are installed. The setup also installed a sample database in my MSDE installation on my Windows XP machine, so everything ended up cleanly separated.

Reporting Services integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003, so you get a familiar user interface that makes you feel right at home.

Within minutes I had some good looking reports about the usage of my site, the number of pageviews by month, most popular articles and so on. It's easy to add graphs, tables, graphics, labels and other stuff to enhance the looks of your reports. Build-in templates allow you to quickly create good-looking reports in no-time.
As I said earlier: I am pretty impressed by the product. I guess you can call it love on first sight ;-)
I am planning to write some articles about my adventures with Reporting Services, so if you have a topic request, feel free to contact me.

If you want to find out more about Reporting Services, check out the official Reporting Services homepage.


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