Introducing DAX Video Course

This is an introductory video course about the DAX language. DAX is the native language of Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, and SSAS Tabular models in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. The training is aimed at users of Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, and at Analysis Services developers that want to move the first steps with DAX.

The goal is to teach the DAX language using Power BI for all the examples. You can download the initial Power BI Desktop file used in the demos and repeat all the steps shown in the videos. The same concepts can be used also on Power Pivot and on Analysis Services Tabular. The course is made of 150 minutes of lectures. You can watch the videos at anytime and the system will keep track of your advances. Within the course you can download the slides and the initial Power BI file used in the demos.


  • Presentation of Introducing DAX

    • Presentation of Introducing DAX Video Course
  • Slides and examples

    • How to download and use the examples
  • Introduction to DAX

    • Introduction to DAX
    • What is DAX?
    • Calculated Columns
    • Measures
    • Aggregation Functions
    • Using Variables
  • Table Functions

    • Table Functions
    • Calculated Tables
    • Filtering a Table
    • Removing Filters
    • Mixing Filters
  • Evaluation Contexts

    • Evaluation Contexts
    • What is an Evaluation Context?
    • Example of a Filter Context
    • Row Context
    • There are Always Two Contexts

    • What is CALCULATE?
    • Filters are Tables
  • Evaluation Contexts and Relationships

    • Evaluation Contexts and Relationships
    • Filters and Relationships
    • Row Context - Many Tables
    • Filter Context - Many Tables
    • Context Transition
  • Time Intelligence in DAX

    • Time Intelligence in DAX
    • Date Table
    • What is Time Intelligence?
  • Conclusion

    • Conclusion
Student Rating
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4-star Reviews (37 of 642)
  • Sony Shrivastava (Sep 22, 2020)


  • Nikolai Pavlov (Jul 27, 2020)

    Very solid course, overall. Although advertised as a beginner course, some parts of it were a bit complicated, especially a few formulas with time-intelligence. I felt it was better when just one of you was explaining, because occassionally, you'd start interrupting and talking over each other, which makes it harder to understand. Overall, great! Would definitely consider more of your courses.

  • Maxwell Rugonye (Jul 5, 2020)

    The course is practical and easy to follow

  • Srinidhi V (Jun 29, 2020)


  • Victor Daniel Ramos (Jun 9, 2020)

    is a series of excellent DAX lessons. Thank you

  • Federico Sará (Apr 23, 2020)

    En mi caso particular ,acabo de introducirme a la herramienta PowerBI y no conocía nada acerca de DAX. El curso me pareció muy bueno y útil, aún así conociendo muy poco previamente. Muy acostumbrado al lenguaje de Excel, pude visualizar que DAX permite crear funciones en forma mucho más simple. Lo único que considero que se podría mejorar es respecto al lenguaje: - Ofrecer un marco teórico (PDF) en español. - Subtítulos: al hacer referencia a columnas, medidas, tablas, las mismas se subtitulan en inglés ("Margin", "Order", "Sale"...) y para un mejor entendimiento sería oportuno que se subtitule el significado ("Margen","Orden", "Venta"...), en lugar de estos términos.

    • Hi Federico, thanks for the feedback! Unfortunately, it is not economically sustainable to translate the content of the video courses. We tried in the past, but the cost is too high to guarantee good technical quality. For this reason, we now use automated translation services, which cannot provide the level of services you would like to get. Sorry about that!
      Reply by SQLBI (Apr 24, 2020)
  • Smit Dedhia (Apr 12, 2020)

    Nice content, concepts were were explained. Video player experience was not quite pleasant.

  • Lisa Toko-Ross (Feb 24, 2020)

    i do wish alberto wouldn't talk over the other fellow.

  • Mark Wheeler (Feb 2, 2020)

    Great course! Only issue I didn't understand how to bring up discussion component and interact with assignments.

  • Anupam Parti (Dec 16, 2019)

    Very Good Basic DAX Course


    Really Good taste of the potentiality of DAX for my future projects.

  • Robert Williams (Oct 4, 2019)

    Thank you so much for the course, it was great to work through and really helped me get an introduction to DAX and give me the foundation and confidence I need to move forwards and not get lost in starting out to learn the language. I would love to have seen something that forces more hands-on training, as in some practices + test questions at the end of each module or video. WiseOwl does some nice practices for example (although a bit hidden) perhaps doing this will help build a better foundation before people then move onto the next (paid) courses.

  • PABLO MORICZ DE TECSO (Sep 27, 2019)

    It's a really good introductory course for people like me who know nothing about DAX and want to start learning about it. Still, as a suggestion I would recommend checking for mistakes while explaining during the videos which can confuse the audience. In general you after correct yourselves, but that leads to confusion sometimes. Also, in some videos you both speak at the same time, making it complicated for the viewer to understand what's happening. I hope this can be corrected in future versions of the introductory course for future viewers to make the most of this amazing course.

  • jhampier tapia (Sep 19, 2019)


  • Kim Beck (Sep 17, 2019)

    Very good getting started review. Just wish that would be some "workshop" included in order to get some hands on with the basics and this help remember better.

    • Thanks for the feedback! The Mastering DAX video course has more than 70 exercises that requires at least 10 hours to be completed - take a look at that!
      Reply by SQLBI (Sep 17, 2019)