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Archive for February 19th, 2009

ReportSurfer.com – run and share Reporting Service (SSRS) reports

Posted by denglishbi on February 19, 2009

This past week I read Chris Webb’s recent posting Implementing Real Analysis Services DrillDown in a Reporting Services Report which I thought was very cool.  I had left a comment and was reading his reply yesterday when I saw a comment left by Darren Gosbell “Hi Chris, have seen http://www.reportsurfer.com? – it allows you to post reporting services reports and people can try them out live on the site before downloading them. They have Adventure Works as one of their databases so if you posted this up there people could try it out live and see how it works.”

I was like, wow, how cool is that.  Now when I want to share a report or design with someone I do not have to simply send them the RDL file with comments, I can upload the report and have them actually view the output.  If you are a member you can download the reports, setup your favorites, upload reports, and participate in the forums.  So now when when people have some really cool examples to share like Chris, Tim Kent, Robert Bruckner, etc. they can upload them for everyone to view.

It appears that right now you can use the Adventure Works, Northwind, Pubs, Project REAL, and a couple of other sample databases for your report demos.  This is a great option if you want to share your reports with colleagues, clients, customers, and show off your ‘portfolio’.  I really like the concept and would recommend checking out some of the reports that have been made available from the Robert’s Get More Out of SQL Server Reporting Services Charts that are available to view in the Reports Library.

Here are a few examples of what reports you can checkout on the site:

 Pareto Chart

 Moving Average

 Microsoft Halo 3 Statistics







Schema Table Extended Properties

 Sales Trend 2008

 Recursive Hierarchy




So how cool is this?  I think this is a great idea and a great way to show off the power of Reporting Services.  I want to thank Angry Koala for making Report Surfer available.

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