SSRS Reporting Services | Parameters exercise | Drop List Parameter for Oscar-Winning Films

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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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  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 They Can't All Be Winners, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which returns these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Film table.


Add a calculated field called OscarSuccess to categorise films based on their Oscar performance:

Calculated field

Create your own category names if you like.


Add a table to the report which displays these fields:

Basic table

Apply some basic formatting.


Create a Text parameter called Success and assign available values as shown below:

Available values

Make sure the Value of each item matches one of those returned by the calculated field.

Add a filter to the dataset so that it returns films whose OscarSuccess matches the value of the parameter:


Use the expression builder to select the parameter.

Test the report works then save and close it.


This table is sorted in descending order of Oscar nominations.

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