Power BI | Stored procedures exercise | Run a stored procedure to add in a book/author to a database

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Software ==> Power BI  (111 exercises)
Version ==> Latest update
Topic ==> Stored procedures  (1 exercise)
Level ==> Harder than average
Subject ==> Power BI training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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The Books database contains a stored procedure which allows you to add new books:

Adding a book

You could try running this in SQL Server Management Studio (but note that Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - his sequel - was better).


Create a new Power BI report and load the two tables from this database.  You should now be able to create a table listing out the books these contain:

List of books

The list of books and authors in the tables.


Add another data source which runs the stored procedure above, using any book / author name as input:

Calling stored procedure

When you load your data it will run this stored procedure, so this book will be included in the returned results.


Create parameters to hold the book title, author's first name and author's last name and incorporate these into this data source:

Amended SQL call

There's a lot of punctuation to get right in this.

Try refreshing your data with different parameter values to check it works. 

When you run your query a second time the underlying stored procedure returns an error - you might like to think how you could have done this differently!

Save your report as What about Robert Harris, then close it down.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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