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Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 10:37 AM
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This is helpfull. Thank you!
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Nice article Jessica, will you be discussing in a future installment how to combine data from multiple datasets using lookup(), multi-value parameters, and the like?

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Thank you! I've been waiting patiently for this next installment of this excellent series... being a complete newbie this is just what I've been looking for. Here's hoping the next article isn't quite as long in coming! ;)
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Hey Jessica, I've just been tasked to make all our reports work on iphones. Any hints on how I can accomplish this?

The users will need to access an interface to pick their parameters and then consume the report (web, excel, pdf, etc).

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Hi Jessica,
2008R2 exposes a lot of datasources. I have a couple of questions though.
1. Do I need to install the software drivers e.g teradata on the Reporting server?
2. Is it considered "best practice" not to have sql code in the report. I.e. all reports should have a stored proc.

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Hello Jessica,

One of the biggest frustrations we've faced is not being able to mash-up two report datasets from different data sources together elegantly. In your scenario at the start of article 3, your user says "You need descriptions from this source, metrics from that source, and filters from another source". I hope in the next article your fictional character will find an elegant way to do this?
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What a great set of questions! Thanks to everyone who enjoyed my article. I'll try to answer your questions here.

jcrawf02, The intent of this article series is to be an introduction to Reporting Services. I consider those to be more advanced topics, so wasn't planning on including them. I'll see if I can fit multivalue parameters into a later article though! In the meantime, here is a good reference on using the Lookup function: http://prologika.com/CS/blogs/blog/archive/2009/08/12/reporting-services-lookup-functions.aspx

sbramblet, The result of working during the day and writing during the evening :) I will do my best to get the rest of the series out as soon as I can!

Ninja's_RGR'us, I'm actually not familiar with iPhone development, but SSRS reports can be exposed through any web browser. You may want to check out the mobile chapter in this book for help: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Professional-SQL-Server-2005-Reporting-Services/Paul-Turley/e/9780764584978

Joe Fuller, Sure thing.
1) Yes, you'll want the .NET Teradata provider, which you can find here: http://www.teradata.com/DownloadCenter/Forum146-1.aspx
2) The "SQL or sproc" debate has been debated almost religiously over time, but my view is that it makes sense from an SSRS perspective to use stored procedures :)

kpatrick, The best way to merge data from different datasets into one report item is to use the Lookup function (introduced in 2008R2). Be aware that it doesn't scale very well, so you'll need to use it with caution. I won't be covering it in later articles, but hopefully this will help you!

And I'm off to work on the next article - thanks all!
Jessica
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Nice article. Very well written....


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Thanks Jessica.

KPatrick, aside from the lookup function, if you only need to filter based on one column in your 3rd dataset, you can have that dataset return the appropriate column only, then set a Multi-Valued Parameter based on that dataset.

Then use that parameter in the WHERE clause of your dataset (e.g. WHERE IN(@myparam)). Since the Multi-Valued Parameter comes out formatted as a comma-separated list, it effectively filters your final dataset based on the values in the first dataset.


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Tally Table:What it is and how it replaces a loop

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