…a new open source tool for Qlik Sense admins and developers
❓ Have you ever had to manually create dozens or even hundreds of master items in a Sense app? 😓 Only to later having to delete half of them? 🤯
❓ Or needed a detailed list of all bookmarks in an app?
❓ Or wondered how you could scramble data in certain fields in an app? 🕵️
Ctrl-Q tries to make life a bit easier for anyone involved in administering a client-managed #Qlik Sense environment, or developing apps for that platform. The idea is simply to automate otherwise repetitive and error-prone tasks.
The tool lives purely on the command line. True, that means a bit more work to run it, but it also means you can script it and reuse those scripts again and again.
Available for Windows, Linux and macOS. Free to use with a permissive MIT open source license.
Butler SOS 4.0 is out, adding features that make it easier than ever to monitor large Qlik Sense environments. We’ll return to this topic of course, but let’s first take a few steps back.
There are many variants of that quote: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”, “Measure what matters”, “Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.” and others. The last one supposedly originates with Galileo Galilei. Smart guy.
The development of Butler SOS continues in that spirit. Qlik Sense provides an awesome platform on top of which all kinds of data analysis, visualisation and presentation solutions can be built. A key word there is platform. Sense does not offer solutions to all software development challenges, nor should it. Instead, use the tools and best practices that millions of developers around the world have refined over the years.
Qlik Sense does on the other hand offer a very comprehensive set of APIs that give developers access to its internals – and this is part of why it’s such a powerful platform. Butler SOS taps into some of these APIs, exposing their data in the form of real-time dashboards, charts and alerts. Suddenly sysadmins know can get both an overview of how all servers are doing, as well as look at detailed server metrics when so needed. All made possible using the Sense APIs, but in general powered by various open source tools.
We’re basically back to Galileo – let’s make sure the important parts of Qlik Sense are measurable. It is then possible to improve the parts that don’t work well.
The basics are the same, i.e. one-click creation of Qlik Sense apps, using regular Sense apps as templates. Several new features however take the tool to a new level, making it easier to set up, manage and more enterprise grade. Good news thus!