Azure Weekly - Power BI Weekly #251 - 26th March 2024

Power BI Weekly Newsletter Issue #251

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Welcome to the 251st edition of Power BI Weekly. Move aside SQLBits, it's FabCon week this week, and there have already been some huge announcements on the Fabric side to sink your teeth into. Grab a drink and take a read of Arun's all-encompassing blog here: Announcements from the Microsoft Fabric Community Conference to get an overview of all the new and updated features. A few of the bigger ones being that Mirroring is supported in Public Preview (for Cosmos DB, Azure SQL DB and Snowflake), you can now access on-premises data using the on-premises Data Gateway in Data Factory pipelines, and you can have Folders in the Workspace View! More specifically to Power BI, we've also been given the Power BI March 2024 Feature Summary, which mainly comprises a handful of incremental improvements/updates to existing features.

Elsewhere this week, Patrick Leblanc has shared a video about Decoding Direct Lake: The Truth Behind DirectQuery Fallback, Paul Turley has written a great blog around Moving from Power BI to Microsoft Fabric, and Erik Svensen has shown a clever way to Combine visual calculations and numeric parameters to create a dynamic moving average period.

Finally, Barry has written a great blog reflecting on SQLbits 2024 - The Best Bits (whereby I'm only now realising just how many photos the man takes). All in all, it was a wonderful conference, wonderfully run with wonderful people. Hope to see you there next year!

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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

General

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


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  • M language reference - Official Power Query M Reference
  • PowerQuery How - Alternative M Language Reference created by Rick de Groot, including improved function explanations, code formatting, practical examples and further reading
  • 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

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