Replies posted by Sam_Wilson
I’m currently running our on-prem Looker instances in Docker on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), connected to BigQuery. Looker definitely could use some improvements that would make this setup much easier/straight-forward to manage. However, it can be done. I recommend talking with your support engineer for assistance. We haven’t yet rolled this into production, but it’s actively under development, and generally works just fine. The key is to mount the persistent parts as a persistent-volume. In our case, we are processing PHI/HIPAA compliant workloads and want to keep our tenants physically isolated. So, being able to run Looker instances in containers that are bound to tenant-dedicated node-pools is a must. Kubernetes makes this pretty easy.
Glad to hear you are working on it. This was seen as a key value proposition for me with Looker. I definitely like having both options. We offer a baseline set of dashboards, and also want to support user-generated content, and appreciate the GUI/ease-of-use with developing the non-LookML Dashboards. If there’s an issue tracker where I can up-vote something like this and track progress, that would be nice as well.
I’d also like to add that another benefit of the LookML dashboards is that you can actually demo the changes you make in your models in development mode. With user-defined dashboards, you basically have to break all your dashboards either until you publish, or after you publish until you’ve updated them all.
I’d really like to be able to use LookML Dashboards because they are under source control and can be versioned with my model, and because when I make changes, anything I’ve broken will be found by the validator. The big drawback is that the Newspaper layout is only available with user dashboards, and all our dashboards are designed using it. The layouts available for the LookML dashboards are either limited or completely broken and unusable. The tile layout is probably only good for very basic dashboards and the grid layout doesn’t offer row/column spanning (which would make it a workable replacement for the Newspaper layout). The static layout makes it sound like you can achieve similar effects as the Newspaper layout, the problem is it’s is both broken and static. Broken in that, unless you specify the top, left, height and width for every element, they will render as a jumbled mess. So you literally have to hard-code the whole thing. Except that the margins/padding are all broken, a
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