Exercise: Parameter to Filter Actors by Name

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (30 exercises)
Topic ==> Parameters  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
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Create a report called The Man With No (Last) Name, add a data source which points to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields:

Dataset fields

Select these fields from the Actor table.

 

Add a Text parameter as shown below:

Parameter

Feel free to use a different parameter name.

 

Add a filter to the dataset so that it returns actors whose FamilyName is equal to the parameter value:

Filter

You can use the Expression Builder to select the parameter rather than type it in.

 

Add a table to the report and check that the filter works:

Results

Try Jones, Lee, Fox, Harris, Allen, Smith, Moore, Wilson, Baldwin, Evans or Fonda to return multiple rows. Try your own last name just for the sake of interest.

 

Set the NowRowsMessage property of the table to display a sensible message when no results are returned:

No rows message

Use the Properties window to find this property.

Test that your message works by using an obviously fake name:

Test message

You could also try Nahasapeemapetilon, if you have time to type it.

 

Edit the parameter so that it allows null values:

Null value

Use the Parameter Properties dialog box to do this.

 

Check that the report works if you don't enter a parameter value:

Results

I guess that's one way to remember how to spell one's own name.

 

Save and close the report.

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