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Under the hood of Alteryx: tips, tricks and how-tos.
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Alteryx

For anyone who doesn't know, the Crew Macro pack is a collection of community built and community supported Alteryx macros which I have collected together in a single installable package.

 

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It adds a selection of new macros as shown above and can be downloaded from my personal Alteryx blog here:

 

http://www.chaosreignswithin.com/2014/09/blog-macro-pack-2014-q3-release.html

 

That's the good news.  The bad news is I build and maintain the content for the Crew macos in my own time and as eagle eyed follows will have noted have not released a new version for a whole year now...

 

So to the topic of this post: Feeling inspired by the 10.0 release and the fanatastic new community we have here I am going to release the 2015 Q3 release.  Which by my reckoning gives me to the end of this month (or there abouts ;) ).  I already have a few bug fixes done locally and a few more listed to fix on the github page https://github.com/AdRiley/ChaosReignsWithin-Alteryx-Macros/issues but if you know of any others then please let me know in the comments below.  Even better, send me a fixed version of the macro and get yourself on the credits for the next release!

Alteryx Alumni (Retired)


Ah, the simple joys of the Sample tool. It has to be one of the easiest tools in Alteryx for new users to grasp. I know for myself, it is a frequently used method of selecting exactly the records I wish to work with. here

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Asteroid


The 3rd problem of the Alteryx Grand Prix this year was to create an optimal set of sales territories for 5 existing sales offices. In order to judge the results, contestants were provided a scoring macro that returned a score based on the set of states they picked for each sales office. The competitors were asked to create a module that returned a better score.

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Asteroid


We got an issue report on our internal support email about the non-overlapping drive time (DT) macro being slow. In this case it was running 29,000 5 minute DTs against a nationwide retail network.

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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


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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Alteryx


I recently had a client ask if there was anything in the Alteryx API to help figure out what the questions were in a wizard. 

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Asteroid


What are Batch Macros?Batch macros are a new feature in Alteryx 5.0. They add some fairly simple capabilities that let you solve problems in ways that

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Asteroid


Writing macros is like writing any other code. You have to get into a programmer mentality. Often you write a module completely differently when writi

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Asteroid


Batch Macros are a major new feature that very few people will ever notice or use. We have gotten a lot of requests for looping features in Alteryx. P

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Asteroid


The Sample tool is one of my favorites, but it is missing 1 crucial feature that is periodically asked for. That is the ability to return a random set

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Asteroid


The other day, a feature request came in for making the formula tool into an input tool - i.e. not requiring that an input goes into the tool. I didn'

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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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Creative Director
Creative Director


Have you ever pondered how we QA Alteryx? With over 70 processing tools that support hundreds of functions, just about any file type, field types, and

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