Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL Server 2008, aka "Katmai", gives SQL Server shops plenty of reasons to get excited.
It's not without its faults, but Microsoft SQL Server 2008 easily passes our own five-point test for upgrades by bringing at least five significant improvements to a data environment. It's a winner.
SQL Server Reporting Services
SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) has received a major overhaul. For starters, it no longer relies on IIS for its report server capabilities.
This is a huge leap forward for SSRS shops because as we've found many times, it can be difficult to get approval for Windows changes, such as installing IIS. Often, these shops don't like to make major changes to a Windows install, and adding a component such as IIS, which is perceived to be difficult to secure, makes them doubly hesitant; not requiring IIS is a good thing.
Another major enhancement, called Tablix, is a new data element type that combines table, matrix, and list. Tablix gives you an easy way to work with grouping by allowing you to group on columns or rows as well as define adjacent or parent/child groups.
All of this sounds fairly intuitive, but it does take a little training. We quickly found that building groups the way we did in the previous version left us out in the cold. We had to slightly change the way we authored reports to be successful.
Report Builder has come a long way as well. Microsoft has removed a number of limitations that could make it difficult to work with. Now, you can do almost anything in Report Builder that you can do in Visual Studio, and Report Builder comes with wizards that make formatting data and charts automatic.
We have almost no reason to write reports in Visual Studio anymore. This new version of Report Builder (2.0) wasn't available when Katmai shipped, but it is available as a separate download now.
Join the newsletter!
Bitdefender’s best-in-class security solutions have been awarded Product of the Year.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Zolo Liberty+ review: The true wireless earbuds you've been waiting for
- 5 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
Latest News Articles
- Sonos say Aussie Alexa support for One smart speaker won't arrive until Autumn 2018
- Transport for NSW boosts digital experience with Amazon Alexa
- Irdeto Acquires Denuvo
- Businesses jump on Amazon’s Alexa after Australian launch date revealed
- Officeworks hops on voice interface bandwagon with Google Assistant integration
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Hands On: Pitting the Apple HomePod against the Sonos One
- Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Comparing The Google Home’s Assistant To Amazon Echo’s Alexa
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCSenior Tech BA (Banking) , 6 months contract, CBD Location,NSW
- TPPrincipal Project ManagerQLD
- FTLead DevOps EngineerNSW
- FTSenior .NET Developer / Consultant - Brisbane based (Work from home/client site)QLD
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPTechnical Project Manager (HRIS)WA
- FTSenior Android DeveloperOther
- CCFront End Developer, North Sydney, UI knowledge, ReactJS, Adobe ManagementNSW
- FTData AnalystOther
- CCUI iOS & Android DeveloperVIC
- FTProject Coordinator / Junior Change AnalystOther
- TPChange ManagerQLD
- TPBI AnalystNSW
- CCERP Technical AnalystQLD
- FTSystems EngineerOther
- FTProject Manager - InfrastructureACT
- CCDevOps Engineer - Cloud - GovernmentVIC
- FTServiceNow- Platform DesignerOther
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTService Management LeadOther
- FTSAP Test AnalystsOther
- FTDesktop Support Engineer - OnsiteOther
- FTSoftware Engineer (C ++, Java)Other
- CCSolution ArchitectWA
- CC.Net DeveloperNSW