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The Data Explorers Guild is a group of data enthusiasts that meet virtually each month to learn from one another, share experiences with Looker and data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Join us for an hour of interactive data-driven fun & education with your fellow data explorers. All are welcome! The date of this event has been updated from June 2 to June 16. 🕵📈 🕵️‍♀ Hey Data Explorers! 🕵️‍♀📈 🕵 The Data Explorers Guild is back 🎉 Last month, we met for an hour of fun, networking, and real-time data exploration. It was a blast to meet some of you and play with a dataset together, and I’m very excited for round 2. We’ll be meeting again on Tuesday June 16 at 3PM PDT (Americas) and 3PM BST (EMEA). You must RSVP below to receive videoconference details and data access Agenda We’re taking your feedback and updating some things. This event will feature: Speed N
I love Pandora. Type in an artist’s name and it starts playing similar stuff. Pandora’s recommendation engine feels like magic. BigQuery provides a sample data set of some playlist data (Google’s @felipehoffa says the original data set was created by @apassant, awesome data!). The data is very simple: a single row for each track in the playlist. Track data contains playlist_id, artist (id and name), album (id and title) and track (id and title). Using this simple data, we built a recommendation engine in LookML that takes an artist, finds the most related artists and then recommends a playlist, all in about 300 lines of LookML. View the code on Github First, Go Ahead, Play With It Change the filter to your favorite artist and based on this data, we’ll recommend some songs. Click on the artist or song title to play music. Step 1: Build Out a Simple LookML Model The table that we’re working with is structured like this: Table: Playlists To build our LookML views and model, we need t
Hello Lookers, Read on for information on the Looker Adoption Group, Release Notes, and our new section called Customer Insights! Community Spotlight Looker Boards - Helping users find data that matters most Check out the above community post to learn how Looker boards can help users at your company access the data most relevant to them, in a quick and easy way. Want more resources and tips around adoption? Join the Looker Adoption Group for additional best practices shared each month. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉 22.8 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Forecasting: The Forecasting Labs feature, which lets users add projections to new or existing Explore queries, helps users predict and monitor specific data points. It is now enabled by default in preparation for general availability. Customer Insights 💡 Are you passionate about feature requests, cool use cases, beta features, or want to give feedback on the Looker product? Wish there was a way to get more atte
Hello Looker Community, Happy summer to you and your Looker team! Scroll down to find out more about the Looker Data Champion event coming up in a few weeks!Community Spotlight: Video Tutorials Visit our Community Page, and check out our Video Tutorials on common errors or use cases. Our latest video demonstrates how to automate Looker with Google Cloud Functions. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉 22.10 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Table Column Ordering: Data downloads now respect the order of columns specified in the visualization, rather than the data table; in most cases. Looker Connect Training: Learn Looker faster with Looker ConnectWhether you’re new to Looker or hoping to broaden your Looker Skills, make an account at Looker Connect. At Looker Connect, you’ll have access to the most recent learning modules, documentation, community articles, hands-on labs, and videos. Events, and Looker Training Looker Data Champion Webinar - July 12 Google Cloud Next '22
Hello Lookers, Welcome to the October newsletter, and we hope you are enjoying fall wherever you live. Check out our release notes and the Looker Studio announcement made this week at Cloud Next! Looker Studio The Looker connector for Looker Studio (fka Data Studio) is now available in preview. As we announced at Cloud Next, we're bringing together a complete, unified BI platform with Looker and Looker Studio. The Looker connector is one part of a larger integration story that will empower data workers to self-serve while enabling data leaders to maintain data governance. Admins can submit the sign-up form to get access. The connector is compatible with Google Cloud hosted instances with Looker version 22.16 or higher. Users on compatible instances will also see an option to "Open in Looker Studio" from Explores in Looker, enabling them to quickly create a Looker Studio report with a data source pointing back to that Explore. This is also a Labs feature in 22.16 and admins can disable
It was just a matter of time for the nice purple colours to go away in favour of the boring white and blue. Does it mean that the UI of Looker itself will also change? Right now the colours are great and balanced, I don’t even want to imagine when, all of the sudden, Looker UI is basically white. Can you guys confirm what’s going to happen?
Hello Lookers,We have a great newsletter for you this month, please see all the amazing events at the bottom! What’s New?Learning Looker has been reimagined with the new platform Looker Connect, currently in public preview. Now your users can learn all about Looker with curated classes designed for their specific role. Access is available to all licensed Looker users. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉21.14- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes GitHub auth change. Beginning August 13, 2021, GitHub no longer accepts account passwords to authenticate Git operations. Each user must update their Git configuration to use a personal access token. Projects configured to use a deploy key will not be affected. API Explorer. Introducing the next-generation interactive API reference documentation. Forecasting. Users can extrapolate their Explore data to predict future results, even factoring seasonality into results. Forecasting is available for Cartesian charts and data tables, w
As most of you know then Looker 7 was announced a couple of days ago: Looker Looker 7: Find True Power In Your Data Looker is an enterprise-class platform that empowers users, data analysts, and application developers to get that value from their data. Lot’s of great new things coming: New Slack integration Dynamic dashboards Marketplace Multi-cloud hosting Rich development framework Wanted to know what others mostly expect from it and maybe there is something that you expected, but it’s not planned for version 7?
Hello Lookers, Happy New Year! We are back with exciting product updates, Community Spotlights, and a pro tip in this newsletter edition. Looker Community Spotlight: Community Groups Did you know that we have four Looker Community Groups? These are sub-groups within the larger Community focused on different topics. Find out more about each community group by clicking on the links below. Please join the group(s) you are interested in! Data Explorers Guild: Data-driven people come together to learn from peers, share experiences with data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Early Access Group: Eager customers can stay up to date on the latest features and try them out before the general population. Looker Adoption: Learn about all things Looker adoption, enablement, and change management. Platform Developers: Nurtures our application developer community - this means a heavy focus on topics such as APIs, the extension framework, embedding, and components.
We hope you’ve been enjoying all of the previously-internal product knowledge we published to the community Kitchen Table last month! I’m so happy to announce that the next round of Knowledge Drops will happen on Monday, May 10th! 🥳 So make sure to head to our Kitchen Table area to explore and learn from all that shiny new Looker content. Don’t know what I’m referring to? Read the announcement about these Knowledge Drops here!
July 2022 Hello Lookers,We have quite a few new release notes, and exciting things to tell you about. Read on to find out more! Customer Insights: Are you passionate about feature requests, cool use cases, beta features, or want to give feedback on the Looker product? Wish there was a way to get more attention for your input? Join the Looker Customer Insights program for one-of-a-kind opportunities to directly influence our planning by interacting with the user research teams, engineers, and product managers. Want to share your thoughts on improvements to the Looker Front End and Visualizations? Join us on Thursday July 28th at 9AM PT for a discussion with our Product Management team to learn about your most important requests that we should make to the front end and visualization. RSVP using this form by July 27th or reach out to Marout@google.com. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉 22.12 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes New LookML Runtime is GA. The New LookML Runt
Hello Lookers, We have some interesting topics this month! Enjoy reading how you helped shape Looker by submitting your product feature requests in 2021. Looker Community Spotlight: How you helped make Looker better in 2021! Check out this recent post in the Looker Community, highlighting how user feedback impacted the product this past year. Over 50 user-driven requests were released in 2021! Read the post to learn more about the features released and learn how Product is improving the feedback process in 2022.. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉22.2 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Salesforce Campaigns integration with Looker Action Hub. Users can choose to create a new campaign or append users to an existing campaign. Cookieless login experimental Labs feature. Browsers have implemented stricter policies that prevent cookies from being set through iframes when the origins don’t match the parent page. Organize LookML dashboards in folders. Brings parity to how
Release Rollout Begins: May 8, 2016 Release Final & Download Available: May 19, 2016 All Release Notes Legacy Features End-of-life Schedule Preparing for Release Please take notice of items marked with a as they indicate changes to existing functionality and may require your attention. Notable Features New Dashboard Look & Feel More modern aesthetic through font tweaks, better use of whitespace, and removal of visual clutter. Notice the new styling for tiles, titles, editing, hovering and spacing. You can read more about the design process for the new dashboards on our blog. Single Value Visualization Progress bar and callout number options have been added to single value visualizations. Webhooks for Scheduled Looks & Dashboards (Labs) Looker enables you to use webhooks, an great way to deliver data from a look or dashboard to other servers or services. This feature can be used to schedule passing data from Looker to Google Sheets, Amazon S3 bucket, Dropbox, and man
Hello Looker Community, We have many new updates that we are excited to share with you! Make sure to see our events at the bottom of this page. Looker Community Spotlight: Creating Internal Documentation to Support Looker User Adoption Check out the above community post to learn how to create an effective onboarding and enablement resource page to promote Looker adoption at your company. Want more resources and tips around adoption? Join the Looker Adoption Group for additional best practices shared each month. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉22.6 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Enhanced Action Hub is now GA: New actions offer integrations for sending data from Looker to Salesforce and Facebook for better targeting. With the Salesforce Campaigns Action, customers can send custom lists of leads or contacts from Looker to populate new or existing campaigns within Salesforce. With the Facebook Custom Audiences Action, customers can use their first-party data within
September 2022 Hello Lookers, We hope you are enjoying fall this year! We have several new updates in our release notes below. Please join us for Google Cloud Next '22 October 11-13 for many Data Analytics focus sessions! Register Now! Looker Connect UpdateAll new learning journeys have been published for Data Consumers and LookML Developers in Looker Connect. The new lessons support Looker 22.4.35, have improved audio and accessibility standards, and have been optimized to make sure the learning pace is just right to get up to speed with Looker. Customer InsightsAre you passionate about feature requests, cool use cases, beta features, or want to give feedback on the Looker product? Wish there was a way to get more attention for your input? Join the Looker Customer Insights program for one-of-a-kind opportunities to directly influence our planning by interacting with the user research teams, engineers, and product managers. Want to share your thoughts around Looker’s Maps Visualizat
This is a wrap-up of all the questions that we didn’t have time to get to live (or had to research the answers to) during the Q4 2020 “What’s New in Looker?” webinar. Didn’t make it to the webinar? Catch the recording here. Mobile AppRegarding the mobile app is there a plan for an iPad specific app? I tested on an iPad and it displays as phone sized, not filling the screen completely. Yes! The work for full iPad support is slated soon. Do links work in the mobile app? They should work fine! If you have a more specific question or aren’t seeing what you’d expect, feel free to drop a comment here. Is dashboards-next supported in the mobile app? The mobile app currently uses legacy dashboards, there’s no option to change the dashboard type at this time. To be clear, this just means that all dashboards will display in the legacy style— All dashboards, regardless of version, will be accessible and usable in the mobile app. How do user attributes work with the mobile app? We currently pa
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Hi Lookers,Happy Spring! We have lots of exciting events coming up as well as our 21.6 release highlights! Looker News and Events What's New In Looker? April 29 Americas What's New In Looker? April 29 EMEA Ask Me Anything - Looker API May 4 Data Explorer's Guild May 5 Early Session Data Explorer's Guild May 5 Late Session Database to Dashboard: Connecting Big Query and Analyzing Data May 6 Developer Roundtable - APIs May 19 Join the Early Access Community! Are you interested in trying out the latest Looker features before the general population? If so, please join our Early Access Community. By signing up, you’ll join the 110+ companies who’ve moved to the front of Looker’s deployment schedule line and: Have early access to the newest Looker releases, up to two full weeks before the rest of the population. Get notified early about new features and open betas as they become available. Participate in our Community Group’s Forum for discussions about Looker where we’ll
September 2021 Hi Lookers,Fall is here and we have many exciting things going on at Looker! Be sure to check out the events at the bottom of this page.What’s New?Our annual data conference, JOIN@Home, is coming November 9-11! Be sure to register before spots fill up. We can’t wait to see you! Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉21.16- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Dashboard improvements. You can now copy user-defined dashboard content from the dashboard’s action menu. You can customize the filter bar to be expanded or collapsed, with expanded as the default behavior. Explore improvements. You can now perform Quick Calculations with pivoted data. The legacy Explore field picker has been removed. The Custom Fields Labs feature has transitioned from experimental to beta. LookML dashboard organization. When the LookML Dashboard Organization Labs feature is enabled, you can move LookML dashboards into folders other than the default LookML Dashboard folder. When in other
tl;dr: The lookerapi python package for accessing the Looker API is deprecated. The unsupported package is now accessible via pip install lookerapi-deprecated. We encourage you to use our new, fully maintained SDK available here. What’s Happening? 4 New SDKs In the interest of making it easy to use the Looker API, Looker has previously documented how to use a tool called Swagger Codegen for users to generate their own client SDKs in languages of their choice. Over the years, folks have found it useful to have easier access to SDKs, and some of these user-generated packages have been pushed to various package managers (pip, npm, etc.). Those packages are not and were never officially maintained by Looker, but it’s proven very useful to have quick and easy ways to get started with the Looker API. We’ve noticed that! If you haven’t heard the news yet, we recently released a new Offical SDK generator called sdk-codegen, and along with it, 4 new official SDKs: Python (beta), Kotlin (alpha),
3.16 Release Date: March 2, 2015 Dashboards & Visualizations Dashboards Adjustable Row Height - Ability to change the height of rows of elements in User Defined Dashboards. Hover between rows to see an up/down arrow. Drag down to increase the height of the row above your mouse. (see documentation) Notes - Each element on a Dashboard can now have an accompanying text note used to convey information specific to that element. Add and edit the note from the gear dropdown in each element. The note can be displayed at the top of the element, bottom of the element, or on hover. (see documentation) Collapsible Dashboard Listeners - Filters that each element is listening to now collapse if they are longer than 1 line - click them to expand Improved Dashboard PDF Formatting - Includes link to dashboard, footer with time it was downloaded, and Notes Filter Modal Changes The “Apply to Field” in the Listener section of the Dashboard filter creation modal defaults to the field that matches
Hello Lookers, We have a lot of information for you this month! But, first, don’t forget to register for the Data Cloud Summit at the bottom of this page. Looker Community Spotlight: How to manage PDTs at scale with Looker’s new Apache Airflow integration Read the above community post to learn how to support the scalability of PDTs with the Apache Airflow Integration. This how-to post provides technical steps on how to set this up successfully. Then, respond to the post with any questions or feedback you may have! Did you miss the “What’s New In Looker” webinar? You can register to see the latest On Demand version to stay up to date! Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉22.4 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes API 4.0. Looker API 4.0 is now in general availability and has multiple breaking and additive changes, which promote various endpoints from beta to stable. Read more about these changes in this document. API 3.1 and 3.0 versions are unaffected. Looker and community-s
Hello Lookers, We are excited to bring you the news on what is happening at Looker this month. Don’t forget to register for Join@Home! Sessions are filling up fast! Looker Community SpotlightThe Looker Community is the place to: Engage with other Looker users Stay in the know about the latest Looker events Ask questions and get answers To join the Looker Community: Create an account here. Select 'Create New Account' under the 'Login' heading. Choose a username and password and click ‘Register.’ Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉21.18- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes URL Links in Boards. The new URL Links in Boards Labs feature allows editors of boards to add URL links to a board alongside Looks and dashboards. Links to Looker content will open in the same browser tab; links to content outside Looker will open in a separate browser tab. Revert to legacy dashboards. The Revert to Legacy Dashboards legacy feature has been extended. Users will continue to have
Release Begins: November 10, 2015 Release Final & Download Available: December 3, 2015 See all Release Notes Visualizations New Visualization: Interactive Maps. New maps zoom and pan, and are reactive to filter changes. Learn More. Color Improvements for Charts Learn More New series of color palettes that can be used in visualizations. New color picker to assist in selecting new chart colors. Global default color scheme can be applied across the entire instance. Learn More. Ability to Sort by Series in Visualizations. Sort the row total in the table to see the information in the chart displayed in order of ascending or descending row totals. Updated Tooltips for readability. ##Dashboards Asynchronous Dashboard Loading. Tiles now load as their data returns from the database, instead of 2 at a time, to aid in faster loading of cached dashboards. More Informative Error Messaging on Dashboards. Dashboard tiles will now display the error that has prevented them from
Name Game Even very simple data sets can be complex to analyze. Starting with a really simple data set of names, we’re going to see if we can learn a few things. The data includes names given in the United States since 1910, listed by state and gender. We’ll go through the LookML model building and then build some data discovery widgets to learn about the popularity of names. The Data The data set is very simple, but with these 5 columns we can figure out a lot about names. name | gender | state | year | number Each row in the table is a roll up of the number of people with a given first name and gender born in a US state in a given year. name - the first name, capitalized gender - either ‘M’ or ‘F’ state - two letter abbreviation of a US state year - number, 1910 to 2013 number - the number of people born that year with that particular name. The Looker View In the Looker view, Looker generates a dimension for each column in the database table. Looker uses the column definiti
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