SSRS Reporting Services | Matrices exercise | Create a Simple Matrix of Films

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Matrices  (5 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Classroom ==> Reporting Services  /  Fast track SSRS
Online ==> Reporting Services  /  Fast track SSRS
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  3. Execute this script.

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Create a report called What Is The Matrix, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which includes these fields:


You'll need the Film, Certificate and Genre tables to get these fields.


Add a matrix and assign fields to it as shown below:

Matrix fields

Assign one field to each of the three areas of the matrix.


Add a total row and total column so that the matrix resembles this:

Total row column

You can add the grand total to the bottom-right corner after adding the total row and column.


Insert a row at the top of the matrix and enter a title:

Matrix title

Ensure that the header will span all the Certificate columns when you run the report.


Apply some formatting to the matrix and run the report:

Formatted matrix

Feel free to improve on this formatting.

Save and close the report.

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