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Alteryx: New in 10.1 – HTML SDK

With the release of Alteryx 10.1, we’ve added a new software development kit that will enable our users to easily write their own Alteryx tools using web technologies – HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. We think these changes will make Alteryx tool development quicker, simpler and more accessible than ever before – we hope you’ll give our new SDK a try! This is the first in a series of tutorials that will demonstrate how the SDK works.

I’d like to welcome Mike Niland as a co-author.  He is a developer here at Alteryx  and has been working on the HTML SDK feature and graciously offered to help me write a series of posts exploring the new HTML/Javascript SDK.  Read on for more details: Continue reading

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A Classic Colorado Ride

I am obviously passionate about Alteryx, being one of its creators, but I am equally passionate about cycling in general, and Colorado in particular.  Now that I have subscribers from all over the world on this blog, I think its time to show off this amazing state of Colorado.

I was fortunate to have time to ride the Copper Triangle course today.  It is one of the classic Colorado bike rides.  Enjoy the ride and Colorado in pictures. Continue reading


Alteryx: Open Source YXDB

A few years back, we mentioned a open source YXDB reader/writer on LinkedIn.  After that, a whole lot of nothing.  It turns out that Alteryx did release the open source YXDB code, but it was so stealth that no one noticed.  This code is used inside of an R plugin, which had to be GPL’s because of R’s licence.  But since it was never published as a way to read/write YXDBs, no one noticed.

The thread on LinkedIn was recently revived, so I decided it was time to expose it to a bigger audience.

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Fat Bikes

20150130_142919The bike industry, like any other, has repeated fads that are designed to separate us consumers from our money.  The latest fad is fat bikes – bikes with tires greater than 4″ wide tires.  The original idea was a bike that you could ride on snow.  I guess it was invented by crazy cyclists in Alaska or something.   The hype though goes far beyond riding in the snow – people kept telling me how amazing the big tires are on dry land as well. Continue reading


Alteryx: XSLX Wildcard inputs

 A few people have been using the macro I wrote about in Alteryx: Wildcard Inputs, but have an issue with XLSX files.  The first thing to remember is that these macros I post (on my personal blog) are examples only and are not a supported part of the product.  I am happy to give people advice on how they might take what I did and extend it.  However, in this case, I thought it might make a good post about Alteryx macros with optional parameters, so I went ahead and did it anyway. Continue reading

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