Finally the Qlik Sense Book I Have Been Waiting For
If you were searching for a complete guide to Qlik Sense, finally it is here. Mastering Qlik Sense is a new book by Martin Mahler and Juan Ignacio Vitantonio. I say finally because this is the first offering that in addition to the normal guides and how-to’s, Mastering Qlik Sense provides in-depth information on server security rules and the development side of the platform including extensions and mashups.
This book is written by a couple well-known heavy-hitters in the Qlik ecosystem.
Martin Mahler has hit his stride with the release and maturation of Qlik Sense. In addition to being named a Qlik Luminary for 2018 he is also CEO of Vizlib, a Qlik technology partner focused on building and supporting a portfolio of extensions for Qlik Sense.
Juan Ignacio Vitantonio has been in the Qlik game for many years. In addition to this great book he is also author of a long-standing blog BI Experience and helps moderate Qlik Branch.
Mastering Qlik Sense Content
Of course the content of the book is what matters. The book starts off with an intro chapter and quickly gets interesting, giving us a great chapter on migrating customers from QlikView. Then comes a chapter that will be well referenced in my practice regarding developing security rules in the QMC. The language is plain and easily understandable scenarios are provided which helps so much in this deceptively complex topic.
The next 6 chapters are devoted to the general interface workings and script development of Qlik Sense. This is all good material but for somebody well-versed in the normal workings of QlikView and Qlik Sense, this is well-known information, although I am a little sad that my favorite function “applymap” is not mentioned.
The best part of Mastering Qlik Sense is that the second half of the book is devoted to Development (with a capital “D”). In language a QlikView consultant can understand, the main aspects of developing for Qlik Sense are laid out for us.
- The topics covered from a development perspective:
- Qlik API’s and their functions
- Working with the Development Hub
- creating extensions
- creating mashups
These chapters get into typical scenarios with coding examples. This is the information that is so helpful for me since I am weaker in these areas compared to writing ETL scripts.
Mastering Qlik Sense takes us down pragmatic paths for the typical BI developer
In summary, Mastering Qlik Sense is a very helpful reference for Qlik Sense. The content is generally well-written although I will confess a found a bit of the writing to be awkwardly worded and a few editing issues. I easily overlook these items as the content itself was very good.
But the reason I would recommend it specifically is that Mastering Qlik Sense takes us down pragmatic paths for the typical BI developer. Some of the sticky areas for me will definitely be around the security rules and mashups chapters. I am excited to add this tome to my small reference library.
In spirit of full disclosure, I received the ebook free of charge in exchange for a review. I am also an Amazon affiliate.
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