Exercise: Filter Tables to Show Actors and Actresses

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (14 exercises)
Topic ==> Tables  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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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 Ladies and Gentlemen, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and create a dataset which selects the following fields from the Actor table:

Actor fields

Select these fields from the Actor table.

 

Create two tables side-by-side as shown below:

Two tables

Your trainer probably won't consider it cheating if you create one table and then copy and paste it.

Apply a filter to each table so that you see female actors in one table and male actors in the other.

Apply filter

You can apply filters to a table in the Tablix Properties dialog box.

Apply sorting and formatting to each table so that your report resembles the one shown below when you run it (your formatting doesn't need to be quite so gender-stereotyped):

Formatted tables

The table header is created by first inserting a rectangle into the table cell. You can then insert an image and a text box into the rectangle.

Save and close your report.

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