Peter Avila

“My goal in class is to help students get what they came to get by providing them with an experience. When you have an experience, things stick with you, and you have something to draw on.”


Peter is a consultant specializing in the design and development of database systems using SQL Server and .Net technologies. Peter has operated a nation-wide consulting business since 1991. He was a course designer and instructor of database and software development technologies at Harvard University; UC Berkeley, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and he is author of “An Intuitive Approach to Database Design; An Introduction to Data Modeling.”

Peter uses an intuitive approach to learning that applies the way we all learn in the real world and gives students experiences on which to draw when they’re back on the job applying their new skills.

"Learning is the most fun, satisfying, and enduring when we have our own empirical experiences - our own AHA! moment when we experience a discovery. The classroom offers a great opportunity to create those moments in a fun and focused environment. It’s great when students tell me that the experience they had in the classroom is what allowed them to finally understand a topic and solve a tough problem at work."


Repeating and Freezing Column Headers in SSRS Tables

Posted March 9, 2015

In this article I’ll show you how to configure a table tablix to both repeat column headers at the top of every page and freeze them while scrolling. While tablixes have properties for these things, they only work in matrix … Continue Reading

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How to Name Worksheets When Exporting SSRS reports to Excel

Posted February 18, 2015

Let’s say we have the following report that shows total sales by product category by territory: When we export this report to Excel, we’d like each territory to appear in its own worksheet and each worksheet named after its territory: … Continue Reading

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Using Custom Code in SSRS

Posted December 15, 2014

While expressions allow you to use limited VB.Net to create advanced dynamic functionality in your SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports, custom code allows you to leverage much more of the power of VB.Net. The focus of this article is … Continue Reading

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