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The second edition of Optimizing DAX is complete

Almost a year ago, we announced the release of three sections (core concepts, formula engine, and VertiPaq); in November 2023, we released the DirectQuery over SQL section; now, in April 2024, we release the last section of Optimizing DAX about…  Read more

When the new thing is not new but still good

We did it again! Yesterday, as an April Fool, we published an article written by ChatGPT-4 (Revolutionizing Power BI: Introducing the Ultimate Formula Language), which described better than I could have ever done the excitement for a new revolutionizing language:…  Read more

Compatibility levels and engine supported by Power BI Desktop

If you use Power BI Desktop and want to know the version of the engine that you use and/or the compatibility levels supported, you can run the following DMV query: SELECT * FROM $SYSTEM.DISCOVER_PROPERTIES WHERE [PropertyName] = ‘ProviderVersion’ OR [PropertyName]…  Read more

Welcome, Kurt Buhler!

I am glad to announce that Kurt Buhler has started to work with us at SQLBI – we just published his first article and video, Improving data labels with format strings. Now that the cat is out of the bag,…  Read more

Where are Visual Calculations and DirectLake?

The right title for this blog post should be “Guidelines for SQLBI content publishing”, but it would be too boring. And, at the time of writing, the more common questions we receive about articles that are nowhere to be found…  Read more

New DirectQuery modules in the Optimizing DAX video course

The DirectQuery over SQL section of the Optimizing DAX video course is now available! In May 2023, we released the second edition of Optimizing DAX, which was completed for the first three sections: Core Concepts, Formula Engine, and VertiPaq. The…  Read more