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## get value from table with 2 conditions

Hi all !

I have problem with unfriendly DAX 😞 I need to get this value (written in T-SQL):

select [Amount]

from [Account Balance]

where left(account,3)=211 and date=today()

so I wrote this DAX formula:

Acc211 = calculate(
sumx(
'Account Balance'; 'Account Balance'[Amount]);
AND(
left(Account[Accounting Class]; 3) = "211";
'Date'[Date ID]=[Today formatted]
)
)

*Today formatted is TODAY converted on the INT and is OK (validated)

I got error message:
"The expression contains multiple columns, but only a single column can be used in a True/False expression that is used as a table filter expression."

many thanks !!

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Anonymous
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Mate, DAX is simple but not easy - let that sink in. I'll give you good advice: get yourself a good book on DAX and read. The best book by far is "The Ultimate Guide To DAX" by The Italians.

Second, filters in CALCULATE are always tables. Even though you can write

T[Col] = "value"

it's always expanded into

FILTER(

ALL ( T[Col] ),

T[Col] = "value"

)

It means, among others, that you can't use two different columns in such a boolean expression. And this is what you're trying to do.

Secondly, don't do this: left(Account[Accounting Class]; 3). Please create a calculated column with this formula in it.

Thirdly, then you'll be able to do this:

```Acc 211 =
var __today = [Today formatted]
var __acc211 =
CALCULATE(
SUM( 'Account Balance'[Amount] ),
'Date'[Date ID] = __today,
Account[Accounting Class 3] = "211" -- this is the new calculated column (hidden)
)
return
__acc211```

Easy? That's what I thought 🙂

Best

Darek

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Anonymous
Not applicable

Mate, DAX is simple but not easy - let that sink in. I'll give you good advice: get yourself a good book on DAX and read. The best book by far is "The Ultimate Guide To DAX" by The Italians.

Second, filters in CALCULATE are always tables. Even though you can write

T[Col] = "value"

it's always expanded into

FILTER(

ALL ( T[Col] ),

T[Col] = "value"

)

It means, among others, that you can't use two different columns in such a boolean expression. And this is what you're trying to do.

Secondly, don't do this: left(Account[Accounting Class]; 3). Please create a calculated column with this formula in it.

Thirdly, then you'll be able to do this:

```Acc 211 =
var __today = [Today formatted]
var __acc211 =
CALCULATE(
SUM( 'Account Balance'[Amount] ),
'Date'[Date ID] = __today,
Account[Accounting Class 3] = "211" -- this is the new calculated column (hidden)
)
return
__acc211```

Easy? That's what I thought 🙂

Best

Darek

Helper I

Thanks Darek for response 🙂

1) thx for tip, I find only book called 'The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business Intelligence with Microsoft Excel, SQL ...' did you mean this? 🙂

2) Why I should  avoid to 'left(Account[Accounting Class]; 3)', I agree that code can be less readable for someone, is it bad I will use it as a measure instead of column?

3) the code works, thanks for it

(btw agree that DAX is not simple, but definitively not is simple)

Anonymous
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@ph wrote:

Thanks Darek for response 🙂

1) thx for tip, I find only book called 'The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business Intelligence with Microsoft Excel, SQL ...' did you mean this? 🙂

--> Yes. I'd suggest to get the newest version of it. When you start reading this, it'll open your eyes.

2) Why I should  avoid to 'left(Account[Accounting Class]; 3)', I agree that code can be less readable for someone, is it bad I will use it as a measure instead of column?

--> First, it's ugly. Second, you're doing at query time something that could have been done at process time. This hurts performance. Third, stunts in code are BAD if they can easily be avoided. Fourth, you're not using IT as a measure. You're trying to force the engine to perform an operation on a column. This - as I said - takes precious CPU cycles of the Formula Engine (and this engine is single-threaded!). Writing code is not just about writing code. It's about writing PERFORMANT AND WELL READABLE CODE.

Best

Darek

Helper I

* (btw agree that DAX is not easy, and definitively not is simple)

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