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Sample Power BI Data to Practice With

When beginning to use Power BI, one of the most common questions is always “Where do I go to get sample Power BI data I can use?”. Unless you are willing and able to create your own datasets, downloading an already generated dataset provides a helpful place to start. Thankfully

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How To: Build a Custom Navigation Component in PowerApps

Oftentimes as developers build more and more PowerApps, they keep seeing the same use cases and using the same patterns to fit those use cases. In such cases, if a developer finds themselves rebuilding the same thing over and over again it would save them time to build a reusable

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How To: Create a Dialog Modal Form in PowerApps

One of the strengths of PowerApps is that it’s a blank slate to build whatever the developer’s heart desires. This can mean that as applications become more and more complex, it’s functionality becomes more complex as well. Rather than creating a new page for each new piece of functionality that

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How To: Create A Custom Component with PowerApps Custom Framework

Before building a custom component with PowerApps Component Framework make sure that you have Node.js, Visual Studio Code (or another IDE), and the most recent version of the PowerApps CLI downloaded. If you are missing any of these items please refer to Part 1 of this blog series which walks

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How To: Start Working with the PowerApps Component Framework

The PowerApps component framework (PCF) lets developers build re-usable code snippets called “Components” for model driven and canvas applications. The components can be used in multiple applications to enhance the user experience and drive a business use case. One of the examples I’ve run into is using the map functionality

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How To: Disable Quick Edit in Office 365 SharePoint Online

There are situations in SharePoint where it’s better to not allow users to “Quick Edit” a list. For example, a use case where lists get updated via Power Automate and some fields are hidden from the input form it would be problematic to let users Quick Edit an item. In

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External Tooling in Power BI

External tooling is incredibly useful for extending capabilities in Power BI that might not be native to the application. As an example, the DAX editor in Power BI itself can be really cumbersome to develop larger DAX statements. DAX Studio negates this issue by giving you a dedicated environment to

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Why I Don’t Like Measure Tables in Power BI

Using a measures table in Power BI is generally considered best practice, and there are certain advantages to using one. However, I’ve found in my experience that the negatives outweigh the positives and that measure tables simply aren’t that intuitive. In Power BI, measure tables are used to contain all

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Power BI Map Visualizations: Esri ArcGIS vs. Mapbox

Creating a map visualization in Power BI to display location data is not difficult. Power BI ships with a couple of different options available out of the box, and more can be added through the visuals store. Out of the box options include a native map, a “Filled Map” and

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Fact vs. Dimension Tables in Power BI

Figuring out the difference between fact and dimension tables in Power BI can be complicated. In this blog post we’ll go over the difference between the two and when they should be used. When you are building a data model fact and dimension tables are the two types of tables

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Common SharePoint Intranet Requirements

Gone are the old days when SharePoint was positioned as a platform to build whatever you want. Microsoft is continuously repositioning SharePoint within its Office 365 suite to focus on what SharePoint does best. Functionality like document management, robust permissions, and easily customizable SharePoint pages is Microsoft’s future focus for

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How To: Get Longitude and Latitude via Power Automate

A little while ago, a client came through with a list of 400 addresses that they wanted displayed in a map visual in Power BI based on specific criteria. Unfortunately, in order to display the addresses in the way that the client wanted the map visual required us to get

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PowerApps Dynamic Navigation Tutorial – Part 1

Canvas PowerApps Navigation As app makers create more complex PowerApps, the need to navigate a user across the various screens in the app becomes a necessity. A lot can be taken from the web design world in how we can provide this experience. Two common patterns that we can take

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Benefits of Variables in Power BI

Variables in Power BI can be a very powerful way to enhance your DAX expressions and expand the possibilities of what DAX can do. Before Power BI supported variables, needing to use CALCULATE and the EARLIER function were cumbersome and created difficulties for data modelers. Today, those difficulties can be

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How To: Implement Conditional Navigation in Power BI

The pagination options in Power BI are a great way to break your Power BI reports down into manageable bites. Adding more pages can give a designer more real estate to work with and more ways to break down data. On the flip side, too many pages makes the Pages

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4 Easy Ways to Get Started With PowerApps

PowerApp applications are a blank canvas that can be used to accommodate almost any business use case. Featuring deep integration into the rest of the Office 365 suite and the Power Platform, PowerApps are a great tool in the intelligent enterprise’s arsenal. Whether the PowerApp is a canvas app or

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Power BI Pro vs. Premium

Along with the free license, Power BI offers a couple of different licensing options. The main license types to worry about are called Premium and Pro. Which license you need largely depends on the audience that you need to present your data to. Power BI Premium is heavily geared towards

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Date Tables in Power BI

For many entry level Power BI developers, using the built in date table in Power BI will work fine. Behind the scenes Power BI auto creates a date table based on the date values in your data. However, many experienced Power BI developers want more control over their date tables

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How to Add a Power BI Bookmark

Bookmarks in Power BI are a great way to create powerful reports and have a little more control over how the user interacts with your report. Essentially, creating a bookmark captures the Power BI report in exactly the configuration and layout that it was when the bookmark was added. Once

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