Joe Webb

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March 2008 Blog Posts

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services White Paper

Interested in learning more about Microsoft SQL 2008 Server Reporting Services? I recently stumbled upon a White Paper on the Microsoft site that provides a good overview. While weighing in at only 14 pages including the title page, table of contents, and copyright stuff, it does provide a good, abeit somewhat general, overview of the product and it's capabilities. You can download it from here. Cheers! Joe

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 6:18 AM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ SQL Server ]

Real world DBA podcast

I recently worked with Buck Woody to turn one of my blog posts into a podcast. It's my first podcast! :) I recorded it about midnight one evening after everyone else in my family had retired for the evening. With the house so quiet, I didn't realize I was whispering until I heard it mixed with Buck's projecting and charismatic dialog. Here's a link to the podcast. I'd love to hear what you think and if you'd like to hear more of these. If you're not familiar with Buck Woody's work in the SQL Server community, I would encourage you...

posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2008 6:34 AM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ T-SQL SQL Server ]

Formatting strings

I just completed teaching a Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services class in Charlotte, North Carolina - a wonderful and beautiful place to visit! In a couple of the demonstrations, we used some predefined formatting strings to customize the way a user can see a value in a report. For example, we used C0 to display a currency value with no numbers to the right of a decimal point. One question that almost always comes up during the class is: where can I find a list of those predefined formatting strings? Microsoft has them on the MSDN Library site, but the...

posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2008 5:46 PM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ C# Other Technologies SQL Server ]

Upgrading to SSNS 2005

Last week, I completed an upgrade of a SQL Server 2000 server to SQL Server 2005. Not really a big deal; servers are routinely upgraded to a newer version of software. Sometimes it seems the upgrades come too quickly. Other times it seems like we are waiting for the proverbial pot of water to boil while eagerly looking forward the next release. This server, however, included a Notification Services instance. It got me to thinking about upgrades and some of the changes in SSNS between v2.0 and 2005. I've compiled a "Top 10" list of enhancements to SSNS 2005. (I...

posted @ Thursday, March 06, 2008 7:30 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Notification Services SQL Server ]

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