Exercise: Apply Interactive Sorting to a Table of Actors and Roles

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (14 exercises)
Topic ==> Tables  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
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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 new report called Role Of A Lifetime and add a data source which connects to the Movies database.

Add a dataset which includes the fields shown below:

Actor Roles dataset

Select one field from each of the three tables.

Insert a table and assign fields to its columns as shown below:

Role table

You can edit the column headings and apply some basic formatting to improve the appearance of the table.

 

Apply interactive sorting to each of the three column headings so that you can change the sorting of the table when you run the report.

Interactive sorting

You can apply interactive sorting using the Text Box Properties dialog box.

 

Run the report and check that you can sort each of the three columns.

Sorting table

Click the arrows at the top of a column to sort the table.

Save and close the report.

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