SSRS Reporting Services | Parameters exercise | Parameters to Filter a List of Film Roles

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Parameters  (15 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SSRS training
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Create a report called What's In A Name, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields:


Use the Actor, Film and Role tables to select these fields.


Create a Text parameter as shown below:

Parameter details

Make sure you enable the Allow blank value option.


Add a filter to the dataset so that it returns roles which contain the text entered into the parameter.

Dataset filter

The Value expression should look like this: ="*" & Parameters!RoleName.Value & "*"

Repeat these steps to create two more parameters which will filter on the actor and film names.

Add a table to the report and check that the filters work:


Try different combinations of names.

Save and close the report. 

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