SSRS Reporting Services | Charts exercise | Chart a Timeline of War Films

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Charts  (6 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SSRS training
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  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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Create a report called A History Of Violence, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and create a dataset which includes these fields.


Add a filter to return war films, i.e. those with a GenreID of 5.


Create a Line with Markers chart and assign fields to it as shown below:

Chart fields

It doesn't matter which aggregate function you apply to the RunTimeMinutes field in this example.


Format the chart's horizontal axis to use the Scalar type.  Set its interval to 10 with a type of Years.

Format the vertical axis so that it begins at 80.

Apply formatting so that your chart resemble the one shown below:

Final chart

Feel free to improve on these basic formatting choices.

Close and save the report.

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