Using REST API as a Data Source in Power BI

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Microsoft Power BI is a data visualization and analytics tool which lets you create powerful visualizations with a graphical user interface. It can use a variety of data sources such as CSV, TSV, and other flat files, SQL databases, and even online sources through Rest APIs.

This article explains the usage of Rest API as a data source to import JSON data in Power BI from a remote location. Also, we’ll learn how to transform the imported JSON data into a tabular format. Finally, we’ll plot visualizations using the imported data.

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Power BI REST API No Code Options

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Microsoft’s Power BI REST API no-code option is extremely helpful as it allows calling Power BI REST API without writing a single line of code. Of course, you can call it programmatically using any programming language. Still, testing if Power BI Rest APIs are accepting requests and returning the right data, it is convenient to use the no-code options first. This article will explain how to do that.

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Install and Configure ODBC Drivers for MySQL

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This article focuses on the step-by-step processes of installing and configuring the ODBC driver for MySQL. In particular, it will cover the following issues:

  1. Installing the ODBC driver on Windows 10.
  2. Configuring the ODBC data source with ODBC driver for MySQL.
  3. Creating a basic list report with PowerBI that uses the ODBC driver for the data population from the MySQL database.
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Data Visualization in Microsoft Power BI

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Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. How to create a table.
  3. How to create a Power BI pie chart.
  4. Creating a line chart in Power BI.
  5. Report creation.
  6. Conclusion.

Introduction

The final article will take us through Power BI Visualizations and how to create them using the data sets created previously in these series. The walkthrough will cover 3 basic Visualizations: Table, Pie Chart, and Line Chart. These will then combine to create a basic report/dashboard within Power BI.

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