August 2022 Platform Updates and Enhancements

SoQL Query Editor Undock in Exploration Canvas

We have added a new feature that makes writing queries more comfortable for users; undock the query editor from the Exploration Canvas window. You’ll see more of the data table, as well as more of your query, by opening the query editor in it’s own window. Move it to another screen or into a different position, all while working directly in your data platform.

Learn more about the Exploration Canvas and all of the features in this support article: Introducing the Exploration Canvas

Parameters in Exploration Canvas and Perspectives Stories

We are excited to announce parameters for SoQL derived views and Perspectives Stories! Parameters enable you to attach variables to a data view or Story page, which gives you and your users the flexibility to dynamically change the content on a Story page or the query for a data view in the Exploration Canvas.

Parameters for SoQL Derived Views

You can now use the Exploration Canvas to create and edit parameters and add them to any SoQL query. You can now add a variable to any SoQL query that can be changed on the fly to modify the logic or calculation in the underlying query. This allows you to create more robust and dynamic queries and allows for a single SoQL view to be modified on the fly to fit the needs of the audience. Database analysts and all types of data wranglers can now leverage this familiar capability to create even more powerful views of data on your platform.

Please see this support article for more details: Parameters in Exploration Canvas

Parameters for Perspectives Stories

Parameters are useful when you want to add interactivity and flexibility to a Story page. For example, suppose you are unsure which fields to include in your view would work best for your viewers. You can incorporate parameters into your Story page to let users choose how they want to look at the data.

Once configured, parameters allow users to input specific values within the Story Global Filter Bar, and the data is queried based on that input, enabling broader audiences to dig into the data contained within your Story by themselves.

Please see this support article for more details: Parameters in Perspectives Story Pages

Derived View Metadata Improvements

We are excited to announce we are continuing on our comprehensive metadata experience improvements. With this release, we are updating the way users edit metadata for a derived view. Derived views will now create revisions, which means the workflow for editing metadata on a derived view will be consistent with the workflow for editing metadata on a dataset.

Please see this support article for more details: Derived View Metadata Improvements

Tyler Technologies Design System

We are continuing to progress in our adoption of the Tyler Technologies Design System. With this release, users can expect an updated, more intuitive navigation experience that is consistent with other Tyler Technologies products. The new navigation experience includes features like single click access to create an asset and action buttons logically grouped into convenient menus. Comprehensive research has gone into the development of this design system to ensure the site aligns to research-driven UX patterns, making the site more accessible and providing a familiar feel for users.

Please see this support article for more details: Tyler Tech Design System Adoption

Print from a Published Perspectives Story

Based on feedback from our “Improved Printing for Stories” release at the beginning of 2022, we’ve added the ability for users to print a Story page directly from the published version. As a result, users no longer need to access the Print Preview through a Stories draft!

Please see this support article for more details: Printing Perspectives Story Pages


Curious about other areas of the platform? Visit our Performance or Enterprise Data Platform release notes for more! Or give us a shout at socrata-support@tylertech.com with questions or ideas.

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