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SSRS - dynamically build columns off a "Select *"?

Posted on 2010-09-01
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Hello all,

Is there a way in SSRS to build a report that acts as a datadump but the thing is I have three columns I know will be there that I need to use as parameter selection dropdowns, the rest of the columns could increase over time and I don't want to manually have to open the SSRS report to add the column headers etc.

Any idea?
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It seems that solution works but only within the application it seems.  I need to create just the RDL report to publish out to a server with the stored proc as the dataset.  The stored proc having a Select * and I need to parameter three columns I know exist.
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The idea behind defining the columns beforehand is so the data types are handled appropriately. I usually work-around these by having the stored procedure send out the e-mail (generating HTML on the fly) and skip SSRS altogether.
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If you can represent the dataset in a pivot table or matrix then yes you could do something.  

A good example of this would be a budget file comparing actuals against but for each period.  You would have the Account code, name, etc. then fo each period you would have a repeating set of actual & budget?
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thanks all
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