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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  • 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.

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  • 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)
  • Bryan legge (Sep 6, 2019)

    It took a bit to get use to the accent, but strangely enough it grew on me. I enjoyed the examples and the back and forth comentary.

  • Mark Fillingham (Sep 3, 2019)

    Just enough detail explained brilliantly!!

  • Mothilal T (Jun 13, 2019)

    Greetings, I learned DAX formulas previously and this course will be easy to understand more and thank you so much for free tutorial.

  • Mathew Westwood (May 22, 2019)

    This was a very good free intro to DAX course, I was however I did have issues with the comments sections, the comments not loading or loading very slowly

    • We use DISQUS to manage comments. We noticed that it is slow on Microsoft Edge but it works much better on Chrome and the new Edge version based on Chromium (not released yet). Which browser version are you using?
      Reply by SQLBI (May 22, 2019)
  • Bruce Xie (May 22, 2019)

    It is good

  • Gavin Welsh (May 16, 2019)

    A very good course.

  • Bagus Deddy andri Suharto (Apr 18, 2019)


  • Mourad BENKADOUR (Apr 11, 2019)

    Thank you a lot for this excellent course. it would be better if we can test our dax knowledges by some exercices, quiz, so by that we can decide if we able to upload to next level.