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ByHariharan Rajendran

Add Data to Mobile Report Publisher

Recently, I saw a question raised in MSDN forum.

The question was “How to add data into Mobile Report Publisher?”

The answer is very simple, Mobile Report Publisher will use dataset for data.

If there are no datasets deployed to report server then we can’t see anything when using mobile report publisher data tab.

Steps to create dataset and make available for Mobile Report Publisher.

Step 1: Create a shared Dataset

Step 2: Deploy the shared dataset to report server

Step 3: Make sure the deployed shared dataset is deployed successfully and check it in report server as well.

Step 4:  Click the Add data in Mobile Report Publisher.

Step 5: Choose the available dataset from report server.

Data will be added and start build the mobile report

ByHariharan Rajendran

SSRS Error Message – Cannot compare data of types System.Decimal and System.Double

I got a below error message when I execute the report. The error message is very straight forward and it highlights the exact issue.

Basically, this error occurred due to different data types. There are many situations where we get this error so I thought to document this scenario.

Error Message,

An error occurred during local report processing.

An error has occurred during report processing.

The processing of FilterExpression for the dataset ‘Dataset1’ cannot be performed. Cannot compare data of types System.Decimal and System.Double. Please check the data type returned by the FilterExpression.

SSRS Error

Error Reason:

In Dataset1, I used a filter property and filtered “Unit Price” greater than 12. When I choose Unit Price column, it automatically picked the data type as float as it has values like xxx.xx in table.

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The Original data type of the Unit Price column in the database is different, it is money data type. There is a mismatch of the data type.

Solution:

There are two ways to handle this issue.

1.      We can filter the value (Unit Price > 12) in script level and directly pass the script in dataset Instead of using dataset filter properties. We also will get good performance. Check my post on …..

2.      If we want to use the dataset filter then we need to convert the unit price column into SSRS supported data types, in this case, float.

 convert(float,[UnitPrice]) as UnitPrice

 Available data types in dataset filter.

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ByHariharan Rajendran

Generate SELECT Statement

This article explains that how to generate SELECT statement with all the table columns.

In the Production environment, most of the tables will have more than 100 columns. If those tables are used in a report with all the columns then it will be difficult to type all the columns.

To ease the process, we can generate the SELECT statement and can use that for any purpose.

Use the below code and pass the table which you want to use in the SELECT statement.

In this example, I used FactInternetSales table.

—–Code——-

Declare @Column varchar(500), @tableName varchar(25)

SET @tableName =’FactInternetSales’

SET @Column = ”

select @Column = @Column + Column_Name + ‘, ‘ from [AdventureWorksDW2014].INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS

where table_name=@tableName

select ‘SELECT ‘ + SUBSTRING(@Column, 0, LEN(@Column)) + ‘ From ‘+@tableName as SELECTScript

—–Code———-

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Copy and paste the result and execute the script.

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ByHariharan Rajendran

Dataset Filter in SSRS

In My previous post, I said: “Avoid using Dataset in SSRS”. If you read that article then probably you may have the following question.

What is the purpose of filters in dataset properties?

Yes, I said to avoid but we have some scenarios where we need to use the dataset filter properties.

Consider a scenario, you are a report developer and you need to develop a report for the given requirement. As part of development, you need to use one of the stored procedures and want to display certain rows as a result in the report.

You don’t have enough access to modify the stored procedure to add the filter condition and no other write access.

In this scenario, you can’t filter the data in script level so you need to use report dataset filter to filter the data.

Pass the stored procedure directly into the dataset and filter the respective column with a value.

Performance is important but not all the cases. Still, we can get good performance, use dataset filter when we extract less number of records from database layer.

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ByHariharan Rajendran

Avoid Using Dataset Filters in SSRS

If you are Microsoft SQL Server Report Developer, then you have a chance to notice the dataset properties as it is the place where we supply the data subsets to the report.

Let us understand the filters in SSRS first and analyse why dataset filters should be avoided.

We have three different main places to filter the data in SSRS

  1. T-SQL Script
  2. Dataset Filters
  3. Run-time Filter using Parameters

Filter in T-SQL Script

When we understand the business requirements, need to categories what are the filters static and dynamic.

Always use the static filters in T-SQL script. Dynamic filters can be done through parameters but still need to add the filter in T-SQL Script with parameters.

For example,

If you want to filter country values as the US on your country table.

SELECT State, City, Country FROM dbo.COUNTRY

WHERE Country=’US’

Note: In this case, we are restricting data in database server itself.

Dataset Filters

You can filter in SSRS report dataset.

Go to Dataset -> Filters

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Note: In this case, we are taking all the data to report server and filtering the data in the report.

Run-time filter using Parameter

It is a special kind of filter because this will be the requirement from business in most of the cases.

First 2 filters won’t be visible to end users but this filter will be visible and user needs to filter the value while running the report.

This can be achieved by adding the parameter in T-SQL script,

SELECT State, City, Country FROM dbo.COUNTRY

WHERE Country=@Country

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Why should we avoid dataset filters?

The main reason is to improve the performance of the report.

In case 1 (Filter in  T-SQL Script), we are filtering the data in database layer itself. It means we are taking only required data to the reporting layer and showing the result. The performance of the report will be good as it is processing only fewer records.

In case 2 (Dataset filter), we are taking all the records from table database and filtering in the report server. It means report server has to make process and filter the data and show the result. We are giving burden to report server so it will affect the performance.

 

ByHariharan Rajendran

Enable Azure Advisor

Microsoft Azure Team released one of the expected feature in azure.

It is like a personal assistant that helps us to follow best practices, efficient resource usage and optimize the deployments.

Check below to get the Azure Advisor,

Mostly it will be available in left side of the menu,

Azure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are not able to identify then enable the favorite,

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ByHariharan Rajendran

Cascading Parameter in SSRS

Cascading parameter means, one parameter values are based on another parameter value.

This article explains this concept in a very simple way with the below scenario.

Pre-Requisites:

  1. Main Dataset with 2 parameters
  2. Dataset for parameter 1 distinct values
  3. Dataset for parameter 2 distinct value with parameter 1 in where clause

Main Dataset:

Select EnglishProductCategoryName as ProductCategoryName, EnglishProductSubcategoryName as ProductSubCategoryName from [dbo].[DimProductCategory] ProdCat

INNER JOIN [dbo].[DimProductSubcategory] ProdSubCat

on ProdCat.ProductCategoryKey = ProdSubCat.ProductCategoryKey

Where EnglishProductCategoryName=@Category and EnglishProductSubcategoryName=@SubCategory

Dataset 2 for Parameter 1 Values:

Select distinct EnglishProductCategoryName as ProductCategoryName from [dbo].[DimProductCategory] ProdCat

INNER JOIN [dbo].[DimProductSubcategory] ProdSubCat

on ProdCat.ProductCategoryKey = ProdSubCat.ProductCategoryKey

Dataset 3 for Parameter 2 values with Parameter 1 in where clause:

Select distinct EnglishProductSubcategoryName as ProductSubCategoryName from [dbo].[DimProductCategory] ProdCat

INNER JOIN [dbo].[DimProductSubcategory] ProdSubCat

on ProdCat.ProductCategoryKey = ProdSubCat.ProductCategoryKey

Where EnglishProductCategoryName=@Category

Assign the available values for both parameters

Run the report.

Initially, it will show the first parameter with drop down values and the second parameter will not show any values.

As per the above scenario, we are passing the first parameter value to the second parameter.

We need to choose a value of the first parameter so that we can see the second parameter values.

Based on the first parameter value, second parameter values are changing.

ByHariharan Rajendran

Query Editor (preview) in Azure Portal

Microsoft Azure added a new feature called “Query Editor (Preview)” for SQL database. It is a portal based query editor.

Now user can execute the SQL query directly in the portal itself instead of using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to access the data.

Find a Query Editor in SQL Database

Query Editor (preview) is available under Tools in SQL Database.

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Authorization Type

At present, it supports 2 authorization types.

  1. SQL Server authentication
  2. Active Directory password authentication

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Steps to run a query

  1. Go to SQL Database in Azure
  2. Click Tools and choose “Query Editor (preview)”.
  3. Authenticate yourself by clicking “Login”. Pass the password of the SQL Server and click “Ok”.
  4. Once you are authenticated successfully, Type the script or import using “Open Query”.
  5. Click “Run”.

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Open & Save Query

If you have SQL script file on your machine and want to run those scripts in portal Query Editor then you can use “Open query” option to import the .sql file.

In another case, if you want to store the written query in the editor then click “Save query”. SQL script file will be downloaded.

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