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

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  • Vicente Merino (Feb 25, 2021)

    Very good curse!

  • Lee Thanh (Feb 15, 2021)

    Thank you for letting this course free, but I'm not happy when finish because you two just like scrambled to say. Voices mixed and it's extremely hard to listen.

    • Hi Lee, Thank you for your feedback!!! I am sorry to hear you feel this way. We have invested heavily in hand-written subtitles for all of our courses, partly for this reason. Feel free to turn them on and try again! Thanks, Claire
      Reply by Claire Costa (Feb 15, 2021)
  • Ethel (Jan 2, 2021)

    Really clear and easy to understand explainations!

  • Michelle Pace (Dec 26, 2020)

    Thank you, the content was well presented and well explained. A few points of feedback: 1. I got totally lost in "Context Transition." As in completely lost. 2. It would be INCREDIBLY valuable to have an exercise pbix file at the end of this training course where exercise questions are asked in the order of which concepts were presented. As a separate measures table, the answers could be contained in there. And perhaps on a "solution page" an explanation for any particularly difficult questions. Or, simply a link to a solution on your webpage. It may appear to be a fruitless effort on your side, but, had I not already bought the advanced dax course - - I actually would not have bought it after this free course. The reason being is that I was hoping for exercises to consolidate my knowledge. Rather than just mostly theory. I would judge the paid advance course off of this course, and once again just assume there were no working exercises to try test my knowledge. Thank you nonetheless for this free course.

    • Thanks for the feedback. We provide more content in the Mastering DAX course; for this reason, there is also the ability to get a free trial, with access to the entire index and to a few modules. However, we get the point of providing additional examples of exercises to practice. We will consider this feedback in future reviews of the introductive course. Thanks!
      Reply by SQLBI (Dec 27, 2020)
  • Victor Sun (Dec 10, 2020)

    thanks a lot.

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  • 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