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Learn to Write DAX: A practical guide to learning Power Pivot for Excel and Power BI Kindle Edition
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Matt also explained some topics in a way that I had not seen previously, but found eye-opening. It filled in several gaps in my understanding, and answered lingering questions I had. I think he just "gets it" when it comes to teaching, and explains things in a way that is exactly what I was looking for. His chapter on the FILTER function was exceptional, and it reads like he is giving you a personal tutoring session.
If you are a beginner, this book is for you. Even if you have read other DAX books, and have some experience writing DAX, I want to encourage you to get this book. It will help crystallize the material you already know, and give you some new insights into what is going on with DAX. It certainly did for me.
I also want to encourage the author, Matt Allington, to consider writing another book on DAX. He is a superb teacher, and hit a grand slam on this one!
The book is intended to serve as an introduction to the topic. You will not be a DAX expert upon completion of this book, however, you will have a very solid grounding to build on.
Matt Allington deliberately designed his book so that it doesn't permit passive reading. He keeps referring back to, and reuses old bits and exercises that you had better have completed. These exercises aren't just an added feature, Matt uses them as building blocks of the reader's learning process. He persistently demands that you think about what you've learned, actually use it, and reinforce what's already been covered. If you follow the instructions, while completing all the exercises, you cannot get lost.
I highly recommend this book, not only to people wanting to learn DAX, but, to other authors of computer books, as a model of excellent presentation.
The book gives several best practices like how to arrange tables, how to apply conditional formatting etc. that I did not discover in my first two months of using PowerPivots for 3 projects.
I did have a harder time in the last couple of chapters, but plan to re-read them on an as needed basis.