… or at least fun for the first time. Earlier, I wrote about the limitations that I came across with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2005 when trying to implement a Pareto chart in the exact way that I envisioned.
Well I’ve been trying out SSRS 2008 and I was surprised (in a good way). The things that should be easy are easy and straightforward. The things that are hard are at least possible.
In the past, Crystal Reports and earlier versions of SSRS have caused me to waste a few hours wrestling with different settings. But with SSRS 2008, for the first time, my experience with reporting tools was not an exercise in coping with frustration.
One big change is the set of charts that are available out of the box. These charts seem to have a 1-1 mapping between the charts found in Excel 2007. There must have been collaboration between SQL Server folks and the Office folks. There’s also an overhaul in the UI and dialogs that are used to specify properties of the charts.
Example / Tutorial
I’ve included a video (2.5 minutes, 1.5 MB) of my experience with creating a Pareto chart to the way I like it:
I’ve also included a video (2.5 minutes, 1.5 MB) of what it takes to add a table underneath the chart in order to more closely match the reports that come with SSMS.
Find the query I used in the comments section.
You can’t include these reports (i.e. reports created with the 2008 report designer) into Management Studio’s custom reports. I guess SQL 2008 is still using 2005′s report control. The issue is described in the Microsoft Connect bug #356519.