Happy Monday everyone. 


Lots of attention is being paid to the solar eclipse occurring across much of the USA next month (August 21).  Are you planning to watch it live?  Find out if you are going to be in the full shadow of the moon to see the eclipse by reading up at one of the many great resources online such as Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Maps of the Path.   Do you have an eclipse related Viz to share?  Be sure to let us know at community@tableau.com.


This eclipse talk can not go by without a bit of speculation about those unexplained spots of light in the sky.  Is it UFO, weather balloon, or meteor?  I found this great post by Florian Ramseger posted last year at this time: Web Scraping for Everybody: Using the Import Functions in Google Sheets with Tableau Public 10 | Tableau Public  where you can learn more about UFO's through history and speculate why some years and places have more reported sightings than others.  Dig into the data and build your own hypothesis.







+ Tableau Senior Research Scientist,  Sarah Battersby is back again this week with another of her great and helpful posts related to mapping.  This time she is teaching us about jittering points on maps when working with overlapping data points.  Read about it here: Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Maps of the Path



+ Congratulations to Zhouyi Zhang  who earned the "Answer Wizard" Badge this week.   More than 100 of Zhouyi's replies have been marked as correct. Thank you from the Tableau Community for the huge impact you have had ZZ!


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Michael Simons posted a question asking about parsing String value sub-strings.  In this case, the question relates to finding rows with specific words.  kettan and Sherzodbek Ibragimov both jumped in to assist with this ideas to assist this task.  While the final marked correct post was from Sherzodbek, there are some great ideas shared in the entire thread.  The Tableau Community team utilizes Reg-ex to locate and manage some of the content in the community as well. Do you ever have to tackle managing data manipulation of String values?  Learn more about capabilities of Tableau here: Additional Functions 


In other news

+Tableau 10.4 Beta is available! If you are interested in exploring the many new features, check out the blog and get signed up by sending an email to betateam@tableau.com. Learn more here: Get Tableau 10.4 beta to better collaborate on trusted data | Tableau Software


+ Have you picked up your ticket for Tableau Conference 2017 in Las Vegas?  Conference this year is occurring October 9-12 in Las Vegas, NV.   Conference sells out every year so be sure to make that reservation early.  The Tableau Community team will be there again.  


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