Problem: When modifying a SSRS report I received the following error at compile time. “Error 1 : Format is invalid. InvalidIdentifier \SSRS Reports\Reports\[ReportName]”
Solution: It turns out if you copy and paste expressions with functions in them, Visual studio will create an expanded version of them with the full function namespace e.g.
=Format(Fields!MyDateTimeField.Value, “dd/MM/yyyy hh:mm:ss tt”)
=Microsoft.VisualBasic.Strings.Format(Fields!MyDateTimeField.Value, “dd/MM/yyyy hh:mm:ss tt”)
Simply removing this additional namespace seems to resolve the issue.
Hope my pain helps someone!