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Under the hood of Alteryx: tips, tricks and how-to's.
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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
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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Moderator

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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
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
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
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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Alteryx
Alteryx

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Want to start putting those Alteryx and JavaScript skills to good use and build a fancy new connector? Come as we walk you through an example using the HTML GUI SDK to get through the most crucial piece of building any connector: authentication. 

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Alteryx
Alteryx

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With Alteryx Connect, our Social Data Cataloging and Data Discovery solution, you will be able to get your own custom metadata connectors in practically no time.

This article introduces the SDK functionality, which was just released in Alteryx Connect V2, and provides you with a big-picture understanding of how Connect loaders work.

 

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Alteryx
Alteryx

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Want to leverage Alteryx capabilities in a web-app? Maybe you want to create your own data connector. Come as we introduce you to all of our developer tools so that you can show US what Alteryx is truly capable of.

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Alteryx
Alteryx

Read about the Alteryx Tool Generator to build custom tools that utilize the HTML GUI SDK and JavaScript engine API.

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Sr. Community Content Manager

Welcome to part 2 of the JavaScript Tool - the GUI edition. In this post I will describe how the tool's user interface was created.

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OutlookInputTool.pngIf you ever wanted a way to Input your Outlook emails and attachments into your Alteryx Workflows, read on and check out the Outlook Input tool I created using the Alteryx SDK!

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Sr. Community Content Manager

 

An experimental tool to execute JS code in an Alteryx workflow.

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Alteryx
Alteryx

If you haven't had a chance, please checkout the Decision 2016 Presidential Election application. The app predicts who the winning candidate will be within a given U.S. neighborhood, as well as breaks down the outcome by demographics such as age, education, income, and race. Data from SurveyMonkey and the blending, spatial, predictive and Gallery API functions in Alteryx are used to create predictions that are beautifully displayed with help from Carto and Tableau. This post will walk through the architecture that was used to accomplish this.

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Community Content Engineer
Community Content Engineer

Recently we celebrated the launch of our long anticipated Tool Mastery Series, a collective of Knowledge Base articles tasked with communicating the most inspired uses of each Alteryx tool. Check out how we automated all the hard parts and brought the series to life!

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Alteryx
Alteryx

Are you struggling with OAuth, trying to build a payload, or wondering how to get information from the API that you need? 

 

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

YXI files are a new Alteryx file type that provide a mechanism for packaging and installing new tools in Alteryx.  This creates a new possibility of creating and publishing tools so that they are easily added to Alteryx installs.

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Alteryx

I had been with Alteryx for about two months when I started hearing people talk about CEF [Chromium Embedded Framework]. I did a little digging on my own, and true to its name, found that CEF was a framework for placing chromium based browsers within applications. Shortly after, I learned I would have a chance to use this technology myself for the upcoming release of Alteryx.

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