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Troubleshooting Custom Expressions in Spotfire

Working with custom expressions in Spotfire can be tricky. You try different combinations of syntax and just get errors. Sometimes the error message is helpful, but often it is just jibberish. How do you know exactly what’s getting passed thru the expression? There is a way to find out. Check out this short post for a solid pro-tip on troubleshooting custom expressions in Spotfire.

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Spotfire Axis Names on Bar Charts

Last week, I introduced the concept of Axis Names. If I counted correctly, there are 19 axis names applicable to one or more of the 14 visualizations in Spotfire. I will go through the axis names one visualization at a time, beginning with axis names on bar charts. Although, I learned very quickly that just because you can use an axis name on a given visualization, it doesn’t mean you should. I’ll show you what I mean by looking at Axis.X and Axis.Color. Read on to learn more.

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$esc and $map Functions in Spotfire

A while ago, I started a series on learning the Spotfire expression language. I made a lot of progress on it but got pulled off on a few side quests. This week, I return to that theme with an explanation of how to use the $esc and $map functions in Spotfire. Knowing how to use these functions will allow you to connect visualizations to property control to provide a more interactive experience for users. It will also give you greater insight into how Spotfire expressions really work. Read on if you want to be able to…

  • Create dynamic visualizations that update with changes to property controls.
  • Use data limiting with property controls.
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Join Logging Data Sets

This has been a busy, busy week. I’ve never posted an article a day before. I kicked off the week with my first post on Spotfire logging. I explained how to set up and configure logging, as well as install logging information links and a DXP with logging data. My second post explained how to interpret the data in the ACTIONLOG information link. The third post explained log categories and actions so that in the fourth post you could understand how to use all the other logging views. This is the final post of the week, which wraps everything up. It will explain how to join logging data sets to get exactly the logging data you need. Read on to find out more.

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Spotfire Logging Categories and Actions

Welcome to my Wednesday logging post, number 3 of 5 this week. The first post explained how to set up your Spotfire installation to log user actions. The second post detailed the questions you can ask and answer using the ACTIONLOG. This post sets the stage to understand all of the other logging views by taking a closer look at the LOG_CATEGORY and LOG_ACTION columns. With a good understanding of these categories, you’ll be able to use even more of the log data. Read on to learn more.

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How to Use the Spotfire ACTIONLOG

Yesterday, I posted on how to set up logging in Spotfire. At the end of that post, I showed you just how much data is available with logging, and it’s a lot. But, there is one place you can go to answer most logging question — the ACTIONLOG view. So, in this post, I will explain how to use the Spotfire ACTIONLOG data to understand user activity. We’ll ask and answer important questions like…

  • Is usage increasing or decreasing?
  • Is training helping users?
  • Who isn’t using their license?
  • Who are my top users?
  • What are the most commonly used files?
  • Who deleted my information link?

Read on to learn more.

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How to Set Up Spotfire Logging

Last week, my manager asked the question — “Is anything connected to xyz information link?” So, I showed users how to answer that question with a simple search in the Library Administrator. This week, I was asked — “Who isn’t using their license?” This is also a fairly simple question to answer if you have logging setup and understand the maze of views containing logging data. While I felt like I had a pretty solid understanding of logging, I didn’t understand all the data I was seeing. So, I had to reach out to TIBCO for clarity. Ultimately, I wound up going down a very deep rabbit hole learning even more about logging. Since there isn’t much out there on logging, I distilled it all into 5 blog posts that will be released one at a time Monday thru Friday. This post kicks it off by explaining how to set up Spotfire logging. Read on to learn more.

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