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QlikView Tips and Tricks

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On 22nd October 2014 I attended ‘Qlik View tips and tricks’, at Qlik’s Visualise your world conference 2014. The session covered some really useful functions so I thought I would share my top 3.

Debug Set Analysis

Set analysis is the way of sub-setting the dataset from the existing dataset already loaded in Qlikview. It is one of the most powerful features of QlikView. However, debugging it can be a daunting task for developers. The best way to debug an already written syntax is by using single quotes and text object. Here’s how:


This will display the complete expression in the Text Object as below:


And the great thing is that as we make our selections in the dashboard the value within Quotes will also change, in this case PeriodID, helping to find out the actual values with which the expression is being populated while making selections.


Whenever we make any selections in a Bar chart in QlikView, only the selected value gets highlighted and the rest gets ignored. For example in the screenshot below, as soon as the value is selected in the month List Box all other values are no longer available on the screen and only the selected value is displayed in the Bar Chart.


What if we want to display all bars in a BAR Chart and just highlight the one which is currently selected? This can be achieved using set analysis:


Working with Dates

Working with dates is always an issue irrespective of the tool being used. And it becomes more problematic when the underlying data source stores dates as strings rather than actual dates. Fortunately Qlikview offers interpretation functions which can help us in these situations. The date#() interpretation function interprets a string as an actual date using the given format:


This converts the string into actual date format and you can then use other date functions as usual.

Overall attending this conference has been a great experience and I look forward to use these tips and tricks along with getting up to speed with Qlik Sense.

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