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Measuring the dictionary size of a column correctly

This article explains how to correctly measure the dictionary size of a column in a model created in Power BI, Power Pivot, or Analysis Services Tabular.

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New function and the importance of variables in #dax

I recently wrote a few articles about a new function in DAX and the use of variables. For those of you using Power BI or Azure Analysis Services, you always have access to the latest version of the language. Well, in reality I see that new features appears

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Using GENERATE and ROW instead of ADDCOLUMNS in DAX

This article explains how to improve DAX queries using GENERATE and ROW instead of ADDCOLUMNS when you create table expressions.

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Using the SELECTEDVALUE function in DAX

This article describes how the SELECTEDVALUE DAX function simplifies the syntax required in many scenarios where you need to read a single value selected in the filter context.

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User group meetings and #dax training in Minneapolis and Chicago

In the next three weeks I will deliver many speeches and training in United States. Here is the list: June 11, 2017 : Precon Data Modeling with Power BI at Microsoft Data Insights Summit (Seattle, WA) June 12, 2017 : Workshop DAX 101 at Microsoft Data

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Start learning DAX for free

SQLBI offers a new introductory DAX video course called Introducing DAX. This article describes which users will benefit more from this learning experience, and how to enroll in the course.

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How to design beautiful dashboards in Power BI – the cure: 15 rules for everyone #powerbi

Is there a secret recipe to create a beautiful dashboard? Why do we need to use “beautiful”? Would “useful” be a better adjective? If you think for a moment, you know that we are attracted by the “beautiful”. It is important for a first impression, but

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The new data modeling book for Power BI and Power Pivot users

In the last few years, I and Alberto Ferrari assisted many users of Power Pivot and Power BI who wanted to create their reports using these tools and were struggling with getting the desired numbers from their data. The first approach of an Excel user

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Avoid measure and column with the same name in #dax

I recently wrote an article about duplicated names in DAX to highlight a possible case where you can have a measure with the same name of a column. This is not a good idea, mainly because the syntax to reference a measure and a column is identical, and

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Duplicated names in DAX

This article describes how DAX resolves column and measure names in DAX, providing best practices to avoid conflicting names.