55236AC : Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 3

Duration: 1 Day (8 Hours)

55236AC : Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 3 Course Overview:

In this 55236AC : Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 3 course, students will continue their learning on report writing with Microsoft® SQL Server® Report Builder and SSRS. The focus of this course is enhancing custom report visualizations and the use of Visual Basic programming in SSRS reporting. Supporting Visual Basic programming in reports is a normal requirement in today’s reporting landscape and this course presents the information you’ll need using group discussions, worksheets, practices, demonstrations, and lab activities. Report Builder is available for all supported versions of Microsoft SQL Server.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course are persons experienced with Report Builder and SSRS. The secondary audience for this course are experienced Report Designer (SSRS) report authors. Course participants may be business analysts, programmer analysts, data analysts, database administrators, or IT professionals.

At Course Completion

  • Use shapes to create enhanced custom report visualizations.
  • Understand the use of Visual Basic programming in SSRS reports.
  • Use and support Visual Basic code in the SSRS reporting effort.

Module 1: Creating Enhanced Visualizations

This module introduces report formatting techniques which create enhanced visualizations using shapes, rectangles, images, and data regions. To support customized and enhanced reporting visualizations, this course requires a review of specific properties which support the control of displayed items in a report.


  • The Importance of Shapes in Reporting
  • Enhanced Visualizations Using the Rectangle
  • Control the Display of Report Items
  • Creating Tiles in a Tablix

Lab 1: Creating Enhanced Visualizations

  • Create Tiles in a Report with Rectangles
  • Create Tiles in a Tablix with Text Boxes
  • Create Enhanced Visualizations with Text Box Tiles, Tablix Tiles, and Tablixes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features, uses, and approaches to using shapes in reporting.
  • Have a more thorough understanding of the rectangle tool.
  • Manipulate report item properties which have an impact on a report item’s display.
  • Transform data regions by displaying tiles rather than text boxes.

This module introduces the Microsoft Visual Basic programming language. The goal of this module is to make the programming language and its use meaningful to non-programmers. This module uses the course handbook, group discussions, worksheets, and reviews to not only introduce Visual Basic programming, but to also to understand what the code is doing.


  • The Visual Basic Programming Language
  • Visual Basic Language Components
  • Decision Structures and Procedures

Lab 1: Working with Visual Basic

  • Convert Expressions to Visual Basic Procedures
  • Work with Value Types in Reports
  • Work with Reference Types in Reports

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features of Visual Basic.
  • Describe the Visual Basic language elements.
  • Recognize Visual Basic statements and their purpose.
  • Use decision structure to apply workflow logic.
  • Convert business logic into Visual Basic code.

Report writers can take advantage of the Visual Basic language in three different ways in the Report Builder application. Whether the Visual Basic programming language was incorporated by design or inherited through existing reports, report writers need to be aware of how the features can be applied to achieve the reporting goal. Visual Basic is the required language for Report Builder.


  • Visual Basic in SSRS Reports
  • Calling Visual Basic code from the Report
  • Using External Visual Basic code in a Report

Lab 1: Using Visual Basic in Reports

  • Use Conditional Logic with Literals, Fields, and Report Items
  • Create a Report using Visual Basic
  • Update a Report to Use External Code
  • Troubleshoot Visual Basic Errors in a Report

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features and uses of Visual Basic in SSRS reporting solutions.
  • Recognize the three implementations of Visual Basic code available to a report.
  • Create Visual Basic variables, constants, expressions, and procedures.
  • Link and consume an external assembly with custom code in a report.
  • Troubleshoot Visual Basic errors in a report.

55236AC : Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 3 Course Prerequisites:

  • Familiarity with Windows.
  • Creating and navigating folders.
  • Opening programs.
  • Manipulating windows.
  • Copying, pasting, and formatting text.
  • Saving files.
  • Course 55128: Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 2
  • Microsoft® Office Access 2013: Level 1 or have equivalent experience with basic database concepts.
Q: What is the course 55236AC: Writing Reports with Report Builder and SSRS Level 3?

A: The course 55236AC is an advanced training program designed to enhance your skills in writing reports using Report Builder and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services). It is intended for individuals who already have a solid understanding of report building and want to further expand their knowledge to an advanced level.

A: Participants should have a good understanding of SQL Server and experience in building basic reports with Report Builder and SSRS. Familiarity with database concepts and SQL queries is also recommended.

A: During the course, you will learn advanced techniques for creating and formatting reports using Report Builder and SSRS. You will explore topics such as report parameters, advanced expressions, data visualization, customizing report rendering, and integrating reports with other applications. Additionally, you will gain insights into report security, optimization, and troubleshooting.

A: Absolutely! The skills and knowledge gained from this training are directly applicable to real-world scenarios. You will be equipped with advanced report writing techniques that can be utilized in professional settings to create complex, visually appealing, and data-rich reports.

A: Yes, interactive participation is encouraged during the training. You can ask questions, seek clarification, and engage in discussions with the instructor and other participants. This will enhance your learning experience and enable you to gain deeper insights into the topics covered.

A: By completing this advanced training, you will significantly enhance your skills in report writing using Report Builder and SSRS. This can open up various career opportunities in roles such as Business Intelligence Developer, Data Analyst, Report Developer, or Database Administrator, depending on your overall skill set and experience in the field.

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  • Practice Labs.
  • Get Trained by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT).
  • Access to the recordings of your class sessions for 90 days.
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