Exercise: Parameters to Calculate a Film Tax

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (33 exercises)
Topic ==> Dropdown parameters  (5 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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Create a report called Tax On, Tax Off, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Film table.

 

In the dystopian, post-Brexit future we wish to discourage directors from distracting the workforce by making films which are too long.  To that end, we'll apply a tax to films which exceed a specified length.

Parameters

The tax will be applied for every minute over the maximum.

 

Create two Integer parameters, including one with available values which resemble the ones shown above.

Add two calculated fields to the dataset:

  • TaxableMinutes - the number of minutes over the maximum specified.
  • TaxToPay - the total amount of tax to pay.

Add a filter to the dataset so that it returns only those films which exceed the maximum length specified.

Add a table to the report which resembles the example below:

Final table

Now we just need to write that number on the side of a bus and claim it's going to fund the NHS.

 

Save and close the report.

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