Azure Weekly - Power BI Weekly #156 - 10th May 2022

Power BI Weekly Newsletter Issue #156

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Welcome to the 156th edition of Power BI Weekly! This week we've been told about the New data source and gateway management experience (which is primarily UX changes I believe), and we've been told about the upcoming Changes to the Power BI service – simpler navigation, improvements to lists on Home, and style updates - nothing much of note here other than what's in the title! Elsewhere this week, there are a few developer tips this week. Firstly, Mathias Thierbach has been back on Reid Havens' channel describing Calling the Power BI REST API with VS Code (with Mathias Thierbach) (as a great alternative to using the "Try it" tool in the Power BI REST API docs - which has actually been removed for some reason). Also, James Bartlett has provided a PowerShell script to allow you to Download Report Authored in Browser as PBIX and Marcus Wegener has used pbi-tools to describe how to Copy Power BI data model back to PBIX file.

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Data Prep

Covering: Power Query (M), Dataflows, Data connectors, AI Insights

Data Modeling

Covering: DAX (Measures & Calculated Tables/Columns), Relationships, Analysis Services, Composite models

Report Authoring and Interactivity

Covering: Layout and formatting, Visualizations, Interactivity, Themes, Mobile reports, Dashboards

Deployment, Security and Operations

Covering: Workspaces and Apps, Template Apps, Deployment Pipelines, Gateways, Security, Sharing, Licences, Admin operations, Developer Tooling


Covering: Cross-topic announcements & feature summaries, Whitepapers, Community events, Learning Resources & Certifications, Podcasts, Sample reports, End-to-end walkthroughs

Useful Links

  • Azure Weekly - Interested in Azure? Sign up to our sister newsletter Azure Weekly to receive all the week's Azure news
  • M language reference - Official Power Query M Reference
  • DAX Studio - Useful open source tool for executing and analyzing DAX queries, founded by Darren Gosbell
  • DAX Guide - Your go-to reference on the DAX language, created by the SQLBI team
  • Power BI Visuals Reference - An exhaustive list (as of Sep. 2018) of all Power BI native & custom visuals, placed into separate categories, again created by the SQLBI team
  • Report Theme Generator - A handy report theme generator created by the Power BI Tips and Tricks team
  • Power BI Theme templates - Detailed Power BI Theme templates for all the native visuals, created by David Eldersveld
  • Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star - Free, detailed eBook to get up and running with Power BI, written by Reza Rad
  • Power BI Architecture diagram - An informative Power BI Architecture diagram, created by Dustin Ryan
  • Power BI Whitepapers - A list of official Power BI whitepapers, covering Security, Premium deployment, Advanced Analytics and more
  • Power BI Events - Interactive report displaying upcoming Power BI events worldwide, built by Matt Allington, Phil Seamark and Reid Havens
  • Power BI Days - Free-to-attend virtual and in-person community events, all across the world. If you're wanting to organize an event, that's possible too - it's still free, and comes with support.

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