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Measure Management & DAX Editor

Anyone who uses PowerBI long enough has had a PBIX with 50-60 measures and it has become time consuming and tedious to mantain. In Excel you can do a quick find/replace to edit several formulas - in PowerBI you need to select each one individually. An "excel-like" interface for editing measures would save a lot of time! This would take PowerBI to the next level regarding productivity. I've prepared a mockup for this as well as a DAX Editor. Let me know what you think.


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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A 'find' feature for the GUI is also relevant, as it helps one to quickly jump to a column in a query (M Language) or in DAX.

  • James Cronin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I love it! But definitely needs grouping! It's so hard to keep things organized for my own use, let alone collaborating with others on dev. I have well over 100 measures in a couple of my pbix files, and while strict naming conventions help, mine seem to render the Q&A useless.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We really need a revamped DAX editor soon -- or at least let us expand the current DAX editor window. It doesn't suit large statements well.

  • David Pitts commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Actually All we need is the ability to separate the Model from the data from the visualization in the PBI.

    I already use Excel, Power Query the PowerBI Object Model and VBA to Author my Data Models in Excel in PowerPivot. (800+ Measures!) from standard analytical Patterns

    I use he Import from excel in Power BI Desktop to Bring the mode into PowerBI. and then To Service

    The Problem is that once this is done and you create the Visualization Layer, you cannot go make and make major changes to the Model without recreating the Visualization Model. either way the maintenance of the Model is Time Consuming and Tedious which ever way you go rom there

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  • Shelley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would help with visibility to our expressions too. I'm always looking back through expressions to see what other fields were referenced and it is very time consuming. Half the time, I feel like I am blind, while working on new expressions. I'd love to be able to see them all simultaneously, especially when one must be calculated first and then another and another. It would help to be able to see all of them at once to see the flow.

  • Rose Ventura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While you're at it, it would be great to create a repository or library where you can export your Dax measures and share them among your many dashboards. So often I find myself creating the same measures over and over (not from scratch but thru copy paste). I started copying my measures into Excel and then keep that as my repository, but it would be great if we could "Export measures to library" so we could share. To see all measures that you've created in one place would be great!

  • Wildmight commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This will definitely help to speed up development. Especially during tedious copy/paste - change column/metric name in formula!

  • Stéphane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You could develop a graphical interface where formulas are boxes with inputs and outputs and links to data tables and other formula boxes! See software like Blender 3D (Nodes) or 3DSmax! It's so boring to learn a language for every application!
    When will Microsoft take the step of the 90s in terms of user interface?

  • David Cresp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sounds like a great idea. Some of the great features of DAX Studio could be brought into the DAX editor.

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