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Jaxidian
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Need a leading zero on a Month with DirectQuery

So I have a table that looks like this:

ID int

[Value] decimal(29,9)
DateForSearching datetime
YearNumber int

MonthNumber int

DayNumber int

HourNumber int

 

I want to do a bunch of visualizations on this data and I need the ability to group them by year-month, year-month-day, and year-month-day-hour. Ideally, those would be represented as (respectively): "2016-12", "2016-12-25", and "2016-12-25 23:00". I can mostly get this done with some new calculated columns (Year-Month = MyTable[YearNumber] & "-" & MyTable[MonthNumber]) except for the leading zero scenarios for something like "2017-01" ends up being "2017-1" (I need the leading zeroes for month, day, and hour).

 

How can I get these leading zeroes from either my integer values or from the datetime value? I just can't find anything that works with DirectQuery. 😞

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Hi @Jaxidian,

First, you should click File -> Options and then Settings -> Options -> DirectQuery, then selecting the option "Allow unrestricted measures in DirectQuery mode" shown in following screenshot. When that option is selected, you can create calculated column and measures.

Capture1.PNG

As I tested, If function can be used in DirectQuery Model. I reproduce your scenario(connect to SQL Server database) and get the expected result. Create a column using th following formula, please see the result in screenshot below.

Year-month = IF('HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Month]<=10,CONCATENATE('HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Year],CONCATENATE("-0",'HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Month])),CONCATENATE('HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Year],CONCATENATE("-",'HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Month])))


Capture2.PNG



Please ckeck if you invoke creating calculated columns and measures as the solution above. If you have any question, please let me know.

Best Regards,
Angelia

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JimKingPowerBI
Advocate II
Advocate II

I believe that the best solution is the following one that was provided by ebalcaen on 05/31/18.

 

This is much easier, and will work in all situations:

 

We add a zero to the month formula by using the concatenation operator (&). Then we use the Right formula to pick only the first two digits from the right.

 

Year-Month with Trailing Zero on Month:

Year-Month = Year([DateColumn]) & "-" & Right("0" & Month([DateColumn]),2) 

 

ebalcaen
New Member

This is much easier, and will work in all situations:

 

We add a zero to the month formula by using the concatenation operator (&). Then we use the Right formula to pick only the first two digits from the right.

 

Year-Month with Trailing Zero on Month:

Year-Month = Year([DateColumn]) & "-" & Right("0" & Month([DateColumn]),2) 

 

This is the one that worked for me.

 

Year-Month = Year([DateColumn]) & "-" & Right("0" & Month([DateColumn]),2) 

 

parry2k
Super User
Super User

 You should able to do it by using if condition

 

Year-Month = 'Calendar'[Year] & "-" & if('Calendar'[Month Number] < 10, "0", BLANK()) & 'Calendar'[Month Number] 





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Jaxidian
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It tells me I cannot use an IF in a DirectQuery report.

I just used the formula on direct query.

 

What is your data source for direct query? Are you using Live COnnection?






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Jaxidian
Frequent Visitor

It's direct-to-Azure SQL Database (no caching/syncing).

I thought "DirectQuery" was synonymous with a "live connection". If that's untrue then my terminology is mixed up.

Hi @Jaxidian,

First, you should click File -> Options and then Settings -> Options -> DirectQuery, then selecting the option "Allow unrestricted measures in DirectQuery mode" shown in following screenshot. When that option is selected, you can create calculated column and measures.

Capture1.PNG

As I tested, If function can be used in DirectQuery Model. I reproduce your scenario(connect to SQL Server database) and get the expected result. Create a column using th following formula, please see the result in screenshot below.

Year-month = IF('HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Month]<=10,CONCATENATE('HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Year],CONCATENATE("-0",'HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Month])),CONCATENATE('HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Year],CONCATENATE("-",'HumanResources vEmployeeDepartment'[Month])))


Capture2.PNG



Please ckeck if you invoke creating calculated columns and measures as the solution above. If you have any question, please let me know.

Best Regards,
Angelia

That solved the problem! And I just deployed the pbix as a Power BI Embedded report and there were no issues with that kind of deployment, either. Thanks for the help!!

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