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Under the hood of Alteryx: tips, tricks and how-to's.
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As we develop workflows, it is inevitable that we will need to make additional modifications downstream of our data. To see the updates, we need to run the workflow. Depending on the data, this can take a long time. Let’s be honest, even waiting a couple of minutes to re-run the workflow is too much time...  Ain't nobody got time for that.

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Alteryx
Sr. Community Content Manager
Sr. Community Content Manager

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The Python tool opens new doors for Alteryx macro development.

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Alteryx

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A step by step guide for the Interactive Chart tool.

 

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Alteryx

I've learned a lot about computers, business, and collaboration through visiting the grocery store. Read about one of my trips here: The Grocery Store is a Fascinating Place. What more can be learned from a trip to the grocery store? How about Data Science!

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Alteryx

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Getting started with spatial analytics in Alteryx.

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Alteryx

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A buddy of mine at work, I'll call him 'Charlie', and I are having a debate on the term 'real-time' vs. 'near real-time'.  He's on one side; I'm on the other. image credit

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Have you ever wondered how new tools placed on the canvas know what fields are being passed to it? Are they psychic or something? Not at all! It's metadata! The metadata fields Name, Type, Size, Source, and Description are all passed from tool to tool before you even run the workflow. When working with the Python SDK, you are in charge of building and passing that information to downstream tools. This blog post will explain what that entails and how to implement it in your Python-driven plugin.

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Alteryx Certified Partner

Expert Vignette.gifIf you google (a verb) "Date Frustration," the 7th article is Date Conversion Frustration - Alteryx Community.  As a follow-up to my previous blog post, Marquee Crew's Guide to Dates, I'll provide you with some tools to better handle incoming date fields and help to teach you how to convert strings to dates.  Even with tools like the DATETIME macro, this can be challenging.  Hopefully, you'll avoid the frustration and skip directly to happily ever after.

 

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Alteryx

Shaan & Nick look back at how their World Cup predictions turned out.

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Alteryx

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Have you ever wanted to be notified if a workflow ran into an issue? Or get push notifications when incoming data quality didn't meet your standards? Check out the Twilio SMS Alert tool, which will send you a text message based on the tool's incoming data.

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Alteryx

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Following up on their recent webinar, Shaan and Nick predict the World Cup winner.

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Alteryx

That ‘a-ha’ moment when you realise that the major Alteryx application of reference data is really as an advanced form of ‘data spellchecker.’

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No one likes to see an error message, but as an Alteryx tool developer, you have the ability to make seeing an error a useful experience that helps guide the user through configuring your tool. This article will show you how to add error messages through the macro back-end or the front-end.

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Alteryx

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Learn about widgets and data items from the HTML GUI SDK. See a simple example of how the SDK is used to update the Publish to Tableau Server tool.

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Alteryx

 

Under more pressure than a Neutron star? Trying for Overachiever of the week? Now you can use Designer 2018.2 to publish metainfo with a Tableau Hyper file! You also have more time to work on being an overachiever because this connector remembers Tableau Server connections for you. Kind of like how the calendar in my phone never forgets birthdays (never ever - even birthdays I no longer need to remember, like all my exes), only the Publish to Tableau Server tool is way less annoying. A few things you should know about this all new connector...

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census.pngIncorporate current or historical US Census data into your workflow using this snippet and the Census Data API!

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Alteryx

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New to the HTML GUI SDK? In this example, I will be walking you through the development of a simple HTML macro from creating the correct folder structure to packaging it up and sharing it with others. Some experience with JavaScript, HTML, and Macros is recommended before reading.

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Alteryx

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Do you interact with REST APIs?  Do you format your data as JSON using multiple Alteryx Designer tools?  If so, you should download the attached JSON Build tool.  The JSON Build tool provides a way to quickly and easily format your data as JSON.

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600 Hackers. 95 Universities. 24 Hours of Madness.

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Can I use Designer 2018.1 with Tableau Hyper? Why must you question everything?! But of course, you must! Some things you should know about this all new connector...

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Alteryx

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Now that we have constructed an ALU, how could we adapt it for use in a CPU? In this post, I'll discuss some of the problems to be solved toward that end.

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Alteryx

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The thrilling sequel where Alteryx is used to derive addition from boolean logic, culminating in the simulation of an Arithmetic Logic Unit!

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Alteryx

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Sure Alteryx is powerful, but can it reproduce the elements of computing from the basic logical primitives? In this first post of three, I'll cover the construction of boolean operators from first principles, which will form the foundation for creating an Arithmetic Logic Unit inside of Alteryx!

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Sr. Community Content Manager
Sr. Community Content Manager

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A brief history of Innovation Days at Alteryx.

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There's no single tool to do this directly in Alteryx, but with some ingenuity you can do this yourself - this blog tells you how!

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Alteryx

We've made changes to the Cognitive Services Text Analytics Connector to keep the tool more up-to-date and protect your workflows from future API updates!

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Alteryx

The Jet driver no longer reads .xls files due to a conflict with Microsoft's October 10, 2017 security patch. Install the 2010 32-bit Access driver to access .xls data while waiting for the correction update from Microsoft.

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Community Content Engineer

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