Exercise: Date Parameters to Filter Actors

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (33 exercises)
Topic ==> Parameters  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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Create a report called A Star Is Born, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Actor table.

 

Create two Date/Time parameters and use them to filter the dataset to show actors born between the selected dates:

Filter dataset

You can use the expression builder to select the parameters when you add the filter.

Add a second dataset to calculate the earliest and latest birth dates of people in the Actor table.

Min max dates

Your query could look like this.

 

Use this dataset to set a default value for each parameter, then add a table to the report and test that everything works:

Final table

Add an expression to the table header which shows the range of dates selected.

 

Save and close the report.

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