Tableau – Parse Parameters From URL

Well, file this under "just because you can doesn't mean you should." Search the forums on parsing strings with Tableau and you'll find a lot of guidance which pretty much says "don't do it!" and "better to do it in your source!" These people are undoubtedly right. But, what if your source is an existing… Continue reading Tableau – Parse Parameters From URL

Tableau + Git: Ignore default directories and preference files.

Here's a quick little item you might find handy. If you find it annoying that git keeps showing some of your default Tableau directories and files (which would probably only happen if you change your Tableau default repository) then you can set git to exclude those files and directories when it checks for modifications. In… Continue reading Tableau + Git: Ignore default directories and preference files.

Tableau: Format Date As String mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm

gah. Why is some of this stuff so challenging in Tableau? ¬†You have a date and you want to format it as a string? Why? So you can concatenate it with another string perhaps? Maybe you're creating a calculated field to use in a label (that's what I was doing). Unfortunately, when you convert a… Continue reading Tableau: Format Date As String mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm

Tableau – Where is the path to my extract!?!

Suppose you create an extract in your desktop version of Tableau and everything is running great. Then one of your peers casually asks "how big is that .tde file anyway?" You quickly check file explorer and discover the extract is not in the default location (What is the default path?). It seems like there should… Continue reading Tableau – Where is the path to my extract!?!