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Under the hood of Alteryx: tips, tricks and how-tos.
Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


This blog post is referring to functionality that will be in our next major release. Beta users can preview this feature in the latest Beta release of Alteryx. Please send an email to products@alteryx.com if you are interested in participating in our Beta program.

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


For years we have been getting requests from our users for a web platform that will give more users in their organization access to the power of Alteryx.

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Asteroid


This blog post is referring to functionality that will be in our next major release. Beta users can preview this feature in the latest Beta release of Alteryx.

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


This blog post is referring to functionality that will be in our next major release. Beta users can preview this feature later this year with the Q3 2011 release of the Alteryx Drivetime engine.

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Alteryx
Alteryx


Wasn't summer supposed to be a quiet time? It feels like things are moving faster than ever here at Alteryx, so why not have a release? I'm excited to announce the release of version 6.2 of Alteryx later this month with a fantastic new addition for our Server clients.

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Alteryx
Alteryx


IntroductionThe Alteryx 6.1 release saw the addition of a new tool to the Laboratory section of the ToolBox: "Dynamic Replace".

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


The new Charting tool that will be in 6.0 contains a chart type called "Box and Whisker". For those of you who are not familiar with that type of chart, basically it is a statistical type of chart, which represents a "normal distribution" as if it were viewed from above the curve, looking down on it.

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Asteroid


Since 1.0, people have been requesting looping in Alteryx. We have added a lot of features over the years to give various types of loops. The GenerateRows & MultiRowFormula tools gave looping functionality within a module, but were not sufficient for complicated algorithms.

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Asteroid


The credit for asking for this feature goes to Adam Riley from the UK Alteryx Blog. This was a request from our Extend conference last March that he & I spent a good bit of time brainstorming.

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Asteroid

Document Constants are effectively global variables for a module. They serve a couple of purposes:

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Asteroid


We got a question via the forums: Hi, I'm trying to output to Excel, but a number of fields in my data contain only Null values and I want to exclude these.

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Asteroid


Sometimes data comes in to Alteryx in an unexpected code page. One example recently is Tele Atlas started shipping their data in SHP files that are UTF-8 encoded.

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Asteroid


With Alteryx 5.0 and the new toolbox, there is a new tool folder called: Developer Tools. What is it and why is it called that?The 1st question that c

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Asteroid


I got a feature request asking for the ability to ask a question. In the end, the module in question sends an email. They want to prompt the user with

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Asteroid


There was a question on the Alteryx forums today about reading multiple XLS tables. This is the kind of thing that the DynamicInput tool is designed f

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Asteroid


To start at the end, the source code associated with this article can be found at the end of this post. The projects are all built with VS 2005.I have

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Asteroid


Before I get to today's post, I want to talk a little about Bill's recent post. Polar graphs are not for everyone, but what is really interesting abou

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Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


In mathematics, the polar coordinate system is a two-dimensional coordinate system in which each point on a plane is determined by a distance from a f

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Creative Director
Creative Director


It is official... Alteryx 5.0 was released on Friday November 20, 2009. It is on its way to our devoted users and loaded with new features and functionality.

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Asteroid


It's been a long time since our last blog post. The core team is extremely busy working towards Alteryx 5.0. I hesitate to give an exact date, but we

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Asteroid


We got the following customer request:We work with a ton of different input files in various formats, etc...and sometimes have poor documentation on w

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Asteroid


From several customer requests, we have add a new set of financial functions to the formula library. Mostly the functions are copies of what Excel has

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Asteroid


The Directory tool is very simple and small, but it can really come in handy - especially with the Batch Macros. All it does it read a list of files f

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Asteroid


It seems like a very straight forward thing to do - comparing numbers. It ends up much more complicated than people think. The problem is that 2 numbe

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Alteryx
Alteryx


With Alteryx 5.0, currently in beta, there is a new tool - Dynamic Rename. The tool will allow users to quickly rename fields through multiple methods

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Asteroid


The Calgary engine within Alteryx has allowed very fast queries, but it has had the limitation that it can only refer to a single data table. This can

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Asteroid


I have gotten the question of how to count records in a stream. The simplistic answer is to use a summarize tool. That works in most situations, but t

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Meteoroid


As sometimes happens I needed to change a database password. It's a pretty straight forward process: log into your database server, find the login, ch

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Asteroid


How do we build & test Alteryx? Thanks to Linda, we have a nice script that runs the Alteryx build every night, but building it is not enough. We

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Meteoroid


I had the pleasure of helping test a module for the Alteryx Grand Prix and learned a number of things. But the most interesting? Mod.Mod?Mod.Wikipedia

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