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frano72
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PQ int64 type conversion - explicit versus in Add.Column statement - different results (bug ?)

Hi,

 

You can perform a type conversion within an Add.Column statement without having to do a second step after.

 

Looks like this :

Table.AddColumn(#"Changed to Date", "ShiftIndex"each Text.Combine({Date.ToText([Day], "yyyy"), Date.ToText([Day], "MM"), Date.ToText([Day], "dd"), Text.From([Shift_ID], "en-AU")}), Int64.Type)
 
In the datflows UX you can see in first image below that it looks like a success.
 
However when refreshing the dataflow it gave a type conversion error.
 
I then added an additional step to convert the column to Int64 and the refresh worked.
 
If you look closely at the two images, you can see how the numbers are formatted differently (alignment and italics), however the type indicator at the top of the column shows the 123 logo.
 
Weird....
 
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ImkeF
Super User
Super User

Hi @frano72 ,

my friend Lars Schreiber has a good explanation why this happens and how to avoid here: Ascribed types in M: why to generally avoid them (ssbi-blog.de)

 

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frano72
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@ImkeF - and here i was congratulating myself on not writing bloated code !  Thanks for the explanation ! 

ImkeF
Super User
Super User

Hi @frano72 ,

my friend Lars Schreiber has a good explanation why this happens and how to avoid here: Ascribed types in M: why to generally avoid them (ssbi-blog.de)

 

Imke Feldmann (The BIccountant)

If you liked my solution, please give it a thumbs up. And if I did answer your question, please mark this post as a solution. Thanks!

How to integrate M-code into your solution -- How to get your questions answered quickly -- How to provide sample data -- Check out more PBI- learning resources here -- Performance Tipps for M-queries

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