I have attended the DevLink conferences for the past two years. I have been blown away with the conference sessions. It is well organized. There are only 300 or so slots left for registration and at $50.00 before July 4th 2008 and $75 after until cut off August 1, 2008. You really should not miss this conference.
Found this link that give a deep-dive into fomat and functionality of charts in SSRS 2005. Adds a lot to making charts meaniningful and jumps to details.
SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) are highly scalable, on-demand data storage and query processing utility services. Built on robust SQL Server database and Windows Server technologies, these services provide high availability, security and support standards-based web interfaces for easy programming and quick provisioning.
From : Main SSDS Site
InfoWeek: InformationWeek Site
Detailed Blog with Info From Mix08
Query Syntax – Etc
A Bit More
Older article/post on Linked Server functionality in SQL Server 200-2005 and 2K8.
I mostly use the OpenQuery() select statments to get to MySQL and other platforms. Watch your security Model!