I am sure you looked at the Tableau documentation page with minimal information. I remember finding the documentation once click download from the page using the link: Get the Data Extract API | Tableau Software
Once you download the appropriate package (Python, C++, etc), you will see the documentation in the zip file. Hope this helps.
Hi Rick, I was able download the Data Extract API and run the sample makeorder.py program without any problem. The documentation is indeed minimal, but together with the sample code and the video, there's sufficient information to get rolling. The readme.txt file for the version I downloaded (32 bit Linux) says python 2.x, where x >= 6 (personally I recommend python 2.7 as it has the widest distribution). The only issue that I see as an obstacle is lack of familiarity with python, since the error messages that python produces can be confusing. If you tell us what errors you're getting, someone might be able to provide some additional assistance.
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Do not forget to implement a proper flush() function if you intend to deal with huge files see this thread Tableau extract API Python and Java issues
Thanks for the reply. I just happened to be looking around the zip file yesterday and found the html pages in there.
The people at Tableau really need to do a better job than this. Their website is a mess as far as finding specific information. They could at least provide proper online documentation like any other legitimate API or language. If I need specific information on Tableau I always have to search Google which then links back to the Tableau site but searching for the same thing on their site usually turns up nothing. Weird.
Hi Rick, if there's not already a topic for this in the Ideas forum, you should add it.