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Workflow Control using Detour

The "Detour" tool is incredibly useful in Macros. However, it really isn't much use in the normal workflow area.


We need a "Detour" tool suitable for normal Workflow (not from within a Macro) which would greatly aid in workflow controls and logic.

14 - Magnetar
14 - Magnetar

Did you know within a standard workflow you can change the output which is used by ticking detour to the right in the configuration pane for the tool?


But I agree that the way to control workflows when not in macro mode is not that user friendly, so if you could have a config pane to control the workflow at a global level instead of individual tools that would be really helpful. What do you have in mind?

Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

thanks for posting @jrobiso2 ! I am interested in your response, as well.

8 - Asteroid

I think it's pretty self-evident that the Detour Tool functionality for normal workflows (not apps or Macros) would be better served if it had more options and didn't require an "End Detour".  Maybe a new tool called "Flow Control" or something like that.


i.e. "If Input column X = 'yes', then detour RIGHT. Else, detour LEFT". No End Detour should be required.


In my current workflow, I wanted to be able to say "If today is a Friday, do this extra work. Else, just output current data". As it stands, I have to do the extra work and then Filter out any non-Friday rows and still do the normal daily work. It's a LOT of excess cycles (the yxdb in question is 10GB in size).

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