Today we are releasing a preview of the Azure Analysis Services web designer. This new browser-based experience will allow developers to start creating and managing Azure Analysis Services (AAS) semantic models quickly and easily. While SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) are still the primary tools for development, this new experience is intended to make simple changes fast and easy. It is great for getting started on a new model or to do things such as adding a new measure to a development or production AAS model.
This initial release includes three major capabilities, model creation, model editing, and doing queries. The model can be created directly from Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse, or imported from Power BI Desktop PBIX files. When creating from a database, you can chose which tables to include and the tool will create a Direct Query model to your data source. Then you can view the model metadata, edit the Tabular Model Scripting Language (TMSL) JSON, and add measures. There are shortcuts to open a model in Power BI Desktop, Excel, or even open a Visual Studio project which is created from the model on the fly. You can also create simple queries against the model to see the data or test out a new measure.