Happy Monday everyone! This week promises good things to come and we're looking towards the end of the summer - already!
This week is your last chance to submit a viz for the Tableau Torch contest and win a ticket to Tableau Conference. The feature to highlight is custom territories and the theme is "Her name is Rio." So all you map gurus - get to work and let's see you submissions!
Speaking of the torch - it's making it's way over the pond to Paris this week. Lee Feinberg will be passing it off to Geoffrey Felix - you can see all the updates here: The Tableau Torch Relay | Tableau Software
Tableau 10 is coming! Familiarize yourself with it by reading all the blog posts around it - from the Tableau corporate blog, check out this one: http://www.tableau.com/about/blog/2016/8/tips-designing-device-specific-dashboards-make-everyone-happy-57548 by Piper Stull-Lane. And if you haven't already been to a roadshow, check to see if there's one in your area to learn more about the upcoming release, and network with the Tableau community: Tableau 10 Roadshow | Tableau Software
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Stephen Lynch asked was having some issues getting Tableau to recognize Formatting Date Time from an Excel file. Mark Fraser, corey levinson, and kettan helped to troubleshoot the issue. Though Stephen still hasn't quite figured out the cause as to why Tableau keeps turning the date time into a string, he was able to figure out that case matters when using the dateparse function! Takeaway: "mmm" won't be recognized, it needs to be "MMM."
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Thanks to William Bohn and the community for bringing Publish Failure - Error Reading Archive File to our attention. Our devs have jumped on the issue and are working through solving it. The fix they had in place took longer than expected. They should have an update on this later today. In the meantime, if you run into the issue, please share the requested information (text of error message, size of extract, connection type, and version/what you published from) in a support case.
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Last October, Alex Van Boxel created REST API: Refresh datasource extract from source (v. 11.0). This week it received 17 upvotes - giving it a total of 35. That's more than half it's votes! I think it's a great idea - thank you for sharing it Alex.
In Other News
- I love seeing makeovermonday conversations in the Tableau Community. Rajeev Pandey asked MakeoverMonday: Week 32- Formatting Issue where he was trying to get labels for all the countries. With the help of Mahfooj Khan, he was able to use a workaround that included using the Most Recent and Pane options from the label shelf when a particular field was on the view. Clever! For those you are not familiar with Makeover Monday, learn more here: Makeover Monday Challenge
- Manu Mohan C asked How can i use a unique-concatenate aggregation to a string field? He got several answers, but one detailed answer that is worth noting is Jonathan Drummey's detailed response. You'll want to bookmark this one.
- Narender Kanuganti had a general question about Tableau Monitoring and Backup Recovery. Jeff Strauss gave his answer, and linked to the first post of his blog: Enterprise automated monitoring. Thanks for sharing!
- Daniel Schauder was having Performance Issues with Python and Tableau Data Extract API back in 2014. Well, Tamas Holics revived the thread last week, and got a response from Tableau Zen Master, Tamas Foldi, helping both him and Daniel (even 2 years later!)
That's a wrap for this week! Have a good one and until next time - happy analyzing!!
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