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on 28 February 2015
I struggled with Chapter 7 "Understanding Evaluation Concepts" and found that it wasn't until I read the first chapter of "DAX patterns 2015" by the same authors, that I understood it better. This other book is more concise, so it's easier to grasp what really needs to be understood. Really you need both books I think. This is a shame as this book should explain it better. That said this book does include a lot more information. However, I'm not impressed with the examples they give and found a youtube channel "ExcelIsFun" had a very good playlist all about DAX, which gave more realistic examples that help you grasp it better. Thank god for "DAX Patterns 2015" I was loosing the plot a little.
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on 2 August 2013
This book is a fantastic introduction to the new functionality in excel 2010/3 and to a limited extent MS SQL Server Analysis services Tabular model and self service business intelligence. The authors provide a detailed, clear and concise text which many businesses will find transformational in modelling data. Highly recommended for excel power users and those responsible for business intelligence in their company.
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on 28 April 2013
This books provides explanations about functionality within Powerpivot,.

This is not for beginners but clear explanations help you to increase your understanding. Having used Powerpivot for 2 years in most examples new insights are provided. These are the steps required to become a real expert.

The format has many similarities with Powerpivot for Excel 2010 Give your data meaning. This expands and improves this book and is useful for both Excel 2010 and the Excel 2013 versions of Powerpivot.
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on 22 July 2016
Background: I have been using Power Pivot for just over a year and now wanted to learn DAX in greater depth.

This book is awesome. Chapters 1 to 6 can be read through quickly. But Chapter 7 on Evaluation Context is where you realise DAX is a challenging language to really understand in-depth. I enjoyed many 'light-bulb' moments on this chapter, for the first time understanding why some DAX I'd previously written without really understanding worked the way it did - priceless!

Chapter 8 on the CALCULATE function picks up where 7 left off. More taking it slow, following the logic, feeling like a DAX Master in the making!

Based on my experience, chapters 7 and 8 require patience and are not designed to be understood in a quick glance. DAX is very conceptual, and the concepts build on top of one another. Also, DAX won't be for everyone, the way VBA isn't for everyone.

Using patterns, like I did when I started out, will only get you so far. To begin to appreciate the intricacies of DAX this is a great book to tackle.
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on 4 April 2016
Excellent book - well written, easy to follow with clear and concise examples.
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on 18 March 2015
I found it a very good intro to PowerPivot.
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on 1 December 2014
product in perfect condition
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