Long overdue, but during last few months I have finally started to play around with the various APIs available on the Qlik Sense platform.
It has been said before, but it is worth repeating: those APIs are really, really powerful. They are one of the main reasons why I think Qlik have some good years ahead of them.
Anyway – a recent experiment involved serialising apps to JSON text files, so they can be stored in Git in an effective way. Works really well and is surprisingly simple to achieve thanks to the groundwork done by members of the Qlik developer community.
So far so good, but the JSON blob describing a Sense app is extremely large and hard to navigate.
But wait… why not bring it back into Sense using Qlik’s REST connector? It very nicely converts JSON to a Sense data model, exactly what’s needed here.
The result is… Interesting. Maybe it even has artistic qualities to it.. There for sure are lots of things going on behind the scenes in a Sense app!