Exercise: Calculate Value for Money of Films

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (14 exercises)
Topic ==> Expressions  (4 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 The Colour Of Money, add a data source to connect to the Movies database and a dataset which includes the following fields:

Dataset fields

You can get these fields from the Film table.

 

Add two calculated fields as described below:

  • CostPerMinute - the film budget divided by its length in minutes.
  • MinutesPerMillion - 1,000,000 divided by the CostPerMinute.

Add all of the dataset fields to a table and preview the report to check that it works.

Create expressions to set the font colour to Red and the font weight to Bold if the MinutesPerMillion field is less than 1.

Run the report and check that it resembles the one shown below:

Final table

Films which aren't good value for money should be highlighted with red text.

 

Save and close the report.

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