Exercise: Show Film Ages Using a Gauge

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Category ==> SSRS 2016  (43 exercises)
Topic ==> Gauges  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Course ==> Reporting Services
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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 report called Gauge The Age, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields from the Film table:

Film fields

Select these two fields.

 

Add a calculated field called Age to work out an approximate age in years for each film:

Datediff

Use the DateDiff function to calculate an approximate age.

Add a table which displays the Title and ReleaseDate fields and add a gauge to the last column:

Insert gauge

Choose a different type of gauge if you prefer.

 

Modify the gauge in the following ways:

  • Assign the Age field to the gauge's pointer.
  • Assign the Age field to the label (insert a label if you need to).
  • Alter the scale interval to 25.
  • Display major tick marks on the scale.
  • Change the type of pointer to a Marker.
  • Change the pointer colour.

Preview the report to see the effect of your changes:

Final gauge

Feel free to experiment with other formatting options.

 

Save and close the report.

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