Exercise: Drop List Parameter for Robin Hood Films

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (43 exercises)
Topic ==> Dropdown parameters  (6 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
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Create a report called Bo Selecta, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which returns films whose title contains robin hood.

Dataset

Here's one way to achieve this.

 

Add a calculated field called TitleAndYear which concatenates the film's title with the year in which it was made.

Use the dataset to create a parameter called FilmID which stores the FilmID and displays the TitleAndYear.

Drop list parameter

Check that you see something like this when you run the report.

 

Add a dataset called RobinRoles which returns these fields:

Dataset

You'll need the Actor, Film and Role tables to select these fields.

 

Add a filter to this dataset so that it returns only roles from the film you select in the parameter.

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

Results

The first couple of results for the best option in the drop down list.

Alter the parameter and dataset filter so that you can select multiple films:

Results version 2

The first few results when you select the inferior Robin Hood films.

Add a header row to the table which displays the names of the films you have selected:

Expression

The table header could look like this.

 

Save and close the report.

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