Report Authoring: Designing Efficient Queries
In this chapter, you began to design the essential part of a report: the query and stored procedure. By using stored procedures, you gain the benefits of central administration and security and also gain the ability to execute compiled code to return the dataset instead of a stand-alone query. You can develop queries in conjunction with the report, using the built-in query tools within SSRS. However, it’s best to deploy the report with a stored procedure.
A report request and the target audience are the deciding factors when determining the layout and default rendering of the report. However, even though reports are often designed to answer a specific need, if they’re based on the same tried-and-true stored procedures, with similar parameters and groupings, the data will be accurate across all reports. You can then focus the design time on the report itself and not on rewriting queries.
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