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How to perform pagination in azure data factory using Rest API

How to perform pagination in azure data factory using Rest API

REST APIs typically have some mechanism to transmit large volumes of records broken up into pages of results. In this post, I describe how to perform pagination in azure data factory or Synapse pipeline using the Azure REST API. What is pagination Azure REST API limits the number of items it returns per result, so when the results are too large to be returned in one response we need need to make multiple calls to the rest API. So when the results…

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Hide tables in Power BI

Hide tables in Power BI

It is possible to hide tables in Power BI by using the “Hide in report view” option, however, if a user downloads the PBIX file this is still possible to view hidden tables or to unhide tables and this is also true for the reports with a live connection to SSAS or PBI dataset. In this post, I’m going to show another way to hide tables in Power BI which prevents users or anyone to view the hidden tables. Hide…

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Retrieve the MDX queries generated by Excel

Retrieve the MDX queries generated by Excel

When we use Excel to interact with an SSAS tabular model or a Power BI dataset via Analyze in Excel, Excel generates MDX queries which are then sent to the SSAS engine.So whenever a user is complaining about a pivot table connected to an SSAS or PBI dataset being too slow or showing wrong figures we may need to retrieve the MDX queries generated by Excel to investigate the issue. There are several ways to retrieve the MDX queries generated…

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Performance Benefits of Partitioning in Analysis Services Tabular

Performance Benefits of Partitioning in Analysis Services Tabular

I previously wrote a post on how to dynamically partitioning tables in SSAS tabular using SQL, but in this short post, I will focus on the performance side of partitioning. What is Partition Partitions split a table into logical partition objects. Each partition contains a portion of the data, partitions can be processed in parallel independent of other partitions or excluded from processing operations if they don’t need to be refreshed. Why partitioning improves the refresh performance The main reason…

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Dynamically partitioning tables in SSAS Tabular model using SQL

Dynamically partitioning tables in SSAS Tabular model using SQL

In this post, I describe how we can dynamically partitioning tables in SSAS tabular using SQL.This approach works well for most of the simple scenarios where we need to keep control over the number of partitions to refresh on a daily basis or any frequencies. What is partition Partitions split a table into logical partition objects. Each partition contains a portion of the data, partitions can be processed in parallel independent of other partitions or excluded from processing operations if…

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Data Dictionary Using DMV Queries

Data Dictionary Using DMV Queries

In this short post, I show how we can integrate a data dictionary using DMV queries within an SSAS tabular model and why we should do so. Why should we have a Data Dictionary within our model? The more complex a model becomes the more documentation we need to have about it. The more measures and complex formulas we have in a model the more calls/questions we have from end-users and thus the less time we can spend on getting…

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Power BI Dynamic visuals using Python in 1 minute

Power BI Dynamic visuals using Python in 1 minute

By now there’s plenty of good tutorials that explain how to create your own visualisations in Power BI by using R or Python like the Microsft one here.However, I haven’t seen any articles on how to create dynamic visuals by using Python (or R).So in this post, I’m going to show a very simple and fast way to create your power bi visuals by using python. (Same can be done using R) Goals of this Post Create visuals by using…

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SSAS/Power BI – Take Calculation Groups to the next level with Tabular Editor

SSAS/Power BI – Take Calculation Groups to the next level with Tabular Editor

Now it’s been a year since the game-changer new calculation groups feature has been released and I just thought that I still haven’t written a post on it. Goals of this Post Use Calculation Groups Use Tabular Editor Advanced Scripting Speed up SSAS/PowerBI model development Create reusbale script Setting up the Environment Power BI: Download here. Tabular Editor: Download here. SQL Server 2019 and later Analysis Services or Azure Analysis Services. At the time of writing this post, Calculation Group…

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Calculation Group in Power BI – Error: Time Calculation Requires selection of exactly one calculation item.

Calculation Group in Power BI – Error: Time Calculation Requires selection of exactly one calculation item.

I first thought that the recent calculation group feature wasn’t working in a matrix when selecting more than one calculation item from a slicer, until, I realised that all I had to do to fix it was to simply disable the “column subtotals” option. To be honest I find the error message shown by PBI misleading. So if you encounter the error”Time Calculation Requires selection of exactly one calculation item” here is what you have to do to fix it:…

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Dynamic format strings for currency conversion in PowerBi with DAX

Dynamic format strings for currency conversion in PowerBi with DAX

I’ve previously written an article on how to dynamically convert and change the currency of a measure using a slicer.Now let’s see how we can use dynamic format strings for currency conversion in PowerBi with DAX. Model Prerequisite Add the FormatString column into your currency dimension You can download the file with the sample format string from here.Make sure to use a Unicode type column to store the different format strings otherwise the collation of your DB might not support…

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