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Date Diff between two tables

Hi I am a longtime Tableau user that is moving our customer base over to Power Bi. In Tableau one of the key calculations I used was Date Diff using two different tables. Essentially comparing counting days between a start date in one table and an enda date in another. But I am really having trouble replicating this in Power Bi. When I add the query DATEDIFF('Dates Table'[Start Date],'Dates Table'[End Date],MONTH) only the options for the first table appear. The 2nd table doesn't come up at all. Are you only able to compare two dates in a sigle table? Or am I am idiot and doing it wrong? 

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Hi, @Samcooke ;

First of all, if the date is in two tables, is there a relationship between the two tables?
You can try this measure:

measure =
DATEDIFF ( MAX ( 'table1'[date] ), MAX ( 'table2'[date] ), DAY )

If the above one can't help you get the desired result, please provide some sample data in your tables (exclude sensitive data) with Text format and your expected result with backend logic and special examples. It is better if you can share a simplified pbix file. You can refer the following link to upload the file to the community. Thank you.

How to upload PBI in Community

Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Yalan Wu
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@Samcooke I recommend not using DAX TI functions like DATEDIFF. All you have to do is get your two dates into variables and essentially subtract them like this:

Measure =
  VAR __Date1 = // some DAX to get your date in first table
  VAR __DAte2 = // some DAX to get your date in second table
  ( __Date1 - __Date2 ) * 1. // this just makes sure you get a number value back, set your data type to Whole number.

Dates in DAX are a decimal number where the integer portion is the number of days since December 30th, 1899 and the decimal portion is fraction of a day 24/60/60.

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Thanks so much for commenting. I am still struggling. How to you get your dates into variables?

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