I need to learn to build reports using SQL Reporting Services. I learn best by jumping in with both feet.
My initial searches for online tutorials show some great informaiton, but they already assume I know some stuff I haven't learned yet. I'm hoping there is an expert here who can answer a few absolute beginner questions, to get me past the "zero knowledge" hump.
1. I'll be using Visual Studio 2005 (VB.NET) but when I go to File -> New Project, I don't see anything about Reporting Services. Do I need to install something first? How do I begin my first project?
2. I currently have some power users who develop some of their own Crystal Reports. Are there other "report creation" or "report design" tools, they can use to create reports in SQL Reporting Services... without me having to purchase the entire Visual Studio .NET suite for each of my power users?