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Under the hood of Alteryx: tips, tricks and how-tos.
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Sr. Community Content Manager

Joseph Serpis (@JosephSerpis) has a great new post over on Intersections and Overlaps that shows how to use the Blob Input and Output tools to save you time with your Excel template files. Alteryx ACE @patrick_digan has already shown (here) that this novel use of the Blob tools is in fact a great way to move files around in general, perhaps more straightforward and faster to learn that the traditional method of using the Run Command tool.

Alteryx
Alteryx

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The first installation of the Dev Toolbox Series, a look into the toolbox of a C++ developer!

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What if you administer an Alteryx gallery and wanted to verify that all macros are being correctly setup? Where would you even start?

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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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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

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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Sr. Community Content Manager

 

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

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

Have you ever wondered what being an Alteryx engineer is like? 

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Alteryx

This is an introductory explaination to the Detour tool, the handling of empty fields in Interface tools, and how these two concepts can work together. I show how this is used in a ranking macro I created. Then I provide an overview of rankings and how to use the macro.

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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

This update to the Cache Dataset macro includes options to manage the storage and cleanup of cached files.

 

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

Key words to look for when authenticating to a REST API within Alteryx

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Alteryx

Think the Developer toolset isn't for you? Think again. Start using these tools and change the way you are building workflows.

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

"How do I read from multiple Excel workbooks/worksheets?" is a question we hear fairly regularly.  Let's put together an Alteryx macro that will read any number of Excel worksheets from any number of XLS, XLSX, XLSB, and XLSM workbooks...just in time for the holidays

 

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)

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What if the data has yet to be fully collected, much less structured, and you need to get to it without driving yourself crazy? More often than not, this is the case when it comes to trying to pull data off the internet and turn it into something a little more analytics-friendly, a process known as “web scraping”. It turns out that between the Download tool and all its great data manipulation tools, Alteryx actually makes for a really good web-scraping platform in addition to its wealth of other uses.

 

 

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