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Learn Power Query

By : Linda Foulkes, Warren Sparrow
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Learn Power Query

By: Linda Foulkes, Warren Sparrow

Overview of this book

<p>Power Query is a data connection technology that allows you to connect, combine, and refine data from multiple sources to meet your business analysis requirements. With this Power Query book, you’ll be empowered to work with a variety of data sources to create interactive reports and dashboards using Excel and Power BI. </p><p>You’ll start by learning how to access Power Query across different versions of Excel and install the Power BI engine. After you've explored Power Pivot, you’ll see why Excel users find it challenging to clean data in Power Pivot and learn how Power Query can help to tackle the problem. The book will show you how to transform data using the Query Editor and write functions in Power Query. A dedicated section will focus on functions such as IF, Index, and Modulo, and creating parameters to alter query paths in a table. You’ll also work with dashboards, get to grips with multi-dimensional reporting, and create automated reports. As you advance, you'll cover the M formula language in Power Query, delve into the basic M syntax, and write the M query language with the help of examples such as loading all library functions offline in Excel and Power BI. Finally, the book will demonstrate the difference between M and DAX and show how results are produced in M. </p><p>By the end of this book, you’ll be ready to create impressive dashboards and multi-dimensional reports in Power Query and turn data into valuable insights.</p>
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Section 1: Overview of Power Pivot and Power Query
Section 2: Power Query Data Transformations
Section 3: Learning M

Section 1: Overview of Power Pivot and Power Query

This is the first part of this Learn Power Query book. It will take you through the steps to access Power Query across different versions of Microsoft Excel and to install the Power BI engine. We will look at Power Pivot and its shortcomings and how Excel users find it difficult to clean their data in Power Pivot. We will solve this problem by introducing Power Query through an example. We will discuss the use of Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power BI, and then delve into the basics of Power Query and Power Pivot.

This section comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Installation and Setup
  • Chapter 2, Power Pivot Basics, Inadequacies, and Data Management
  • Chapter 3, Introduction to the Power Query Interface
  • Chapter 4, Connecting to Various Data Sources Using Get & Transform