Power Query & Power BI are ideal learning paths from Excel to R

Reading Jen Stirrup’s great article about the learning path for SQL Server 2016 and R I ended up learning my first R pieces from this wonderful post that she has referenced. There Tony Ojeda beautifully describes how basic Excel-concepts are translated into R.

Well – I cannot speak of so much personal experience here – but these R-codes came easy as nothing before to me. Apart from Tony’s first class didactics, could this be due to what I’ve learned in Power Query over the last year?

I’ve added the comparison of Excel and R by the M-code from Power Query – putting it in the middle:


Do you find the similarities as striking as I do?

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