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Alteryx Designer Ideas

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Pop-Out Formula Editor

Sometimes formulas get pretty long. There are cases of deeply nested conditionals, concatenation of long strings, cases where multiple casts and parses are used, etc. where formulas get pretty large and unwieldy. The current system of wrapping lines and managing the size of the properties pane can be a hassle, especially if you are trying to use any sort of whitespace formatting to make the formulas more readable.

 

My solution is this is pretty simple, add a pop-out window for formulas. It could be a context menu option from right-clicking the formula box itself, a button on the bar at the top of each formula, or any number of other things.

 

A really good example of this is MS Access. You can right-click any text box that takes an expression and open it in the expression editor pop-up window. The current system is more like excel where you're stuck with whatever box size you're given.

2 Comments
Atom

I would really like to see this as well. Currently, I copy the formula out to Notepad++ to make edits then copy it back. A popout editor with color coding would be nice.

Meteor

I love this idea.  Along the same lines would be to have the configuration font size variable so that all the options fit within the width that the user chooses (within reason of course).