SSRS Reporting Services | Parameters exercise | Drop List Parameters to Filter a Table of 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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Create a report called Choose Wisely, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which includes these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Genre table.  Sort the results in ascending order of Genre.


Create an Integer parameter called GenreID and use your dataset to set its available values:

Available values

Use these settings on the Available Values page of the dialog box.


Add a new dataset called Films which includes these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Film table.


Add a filter to the dataset so that it returns films whose GenreID is equal to the value of the parameter:

Filter on dataset

You can use the expression builder to select the parameter.

Add a table to the report which displays fields from the Films dataset:

Table design

The expression in the header row should show which genre the user has chosen:


Run the report and check that it works:


You have chosen... poorly.


Create a new dataset called Certificates which selects both fields from the Certificate table.

Create an Integer parameter called CertificateID which uses the dataset to populate its available values:

Available values

Apply these settings on the Available Values page of the dialog box.


Edit the Films dataset so that it selects the CertificateID field from the Film table, then add a filter which refers to the value of the CertificateID parameter:

Filter for certificate

The second filter should look like this.

Edit the expression in the table header and then check that the report works:

Second results

You have chosen... wisely.


Save and close the report.

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