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Overall I have been enjoying many of the new/updated features in Alteryx 11 including the enhancements to the formula tool. However, I have noticed the following pain points in the new formula tool:
1) The default data type for new columns used to be Double, and now it is V_WString. Is this user-configurable? I find that, at least in my work, needing a formula to output a Double is way more common than a V_WString. I'm curious of other community members' thoughts here. If there isn't a consensus, it would be great to have this be a user-configurable default.
2) Once you select a data type, making any change to the name of the new field auto-reverts the data type back to V_WString! This one is a little frustrating. I'm very picky about names of fields, so I oftentimes make a change as I think through what that field should be called, and then discover later in the workflow that I cannot do calculations on it (since it's been changed to V_WString).
3) The old formula configuration window had two very small advantages. First, it always had an extra 'line' for another output field (no pressing '+' required). Second, it defaulted to letting you immediately begin typing the name of the next column (no need to press 'Select Column' then 'Add New Column'). I know these are very minor, but every little thing counts when you're doing heavy development!