SSRS Reporting Services | Using SQL views exercise | Create a view as as basis for a report, then update it

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Using SQL views  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SSRS training
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  3. Execute this script.

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This exercise involves creating a view to show which actors play which roles in which films, then amending it to take account of new column names.

You can choose to create and amend your view either using the built-in designer or by scripting it.  The choice, as Graham used to say, is yours!

Begin by creating a view called vwThesps to show a list of actors and the roles they've played in different films.  Your view should include these four columns:

Table Column New name to use
Film Title FilmName
Actor FullName ActorName
Role Role CharacterName
Film RunTimeMinutes Minutes

Now create a report called Role-playing based upon this view, grouping roles by actor:

Start of report

What the start of your report might look like.


It's time now to stop your view working!  In Management Studio, right-click on the Actor table and choose to change its design:

Changing actor table

Choose this short-cut menu option.


Rename the FullName column to ThespianName (the sort of thing IT departments do ...), then close the table, saving your changes.

Strangely, your report should still work even though it points to a field which no longer exists, but if you click on the Refresh Fields button in the Dataset Properties dialog box you will get an error.

Amend your view to accommodate the new field name, and refresh the list of dataset fields.  Everything should now work again!

Finally, please set the Actor table field name back to FullName (so that all of the other exercises still work), then save and close your report.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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