Tableau and API


Have you heard of the buzz word API? Wikipedia defines API as "An application programming interface is a connection between computers or between computer programs. It is a type of software interface, offering a service to other pieces of software. "

So what does that mean exactly? You can use API's to pull information from a website and there are several types. The four principal types of API commonly used: public, partner, private and composite.


Zak Geis and Kyle Massey (from the Tableau community) created a helpful API course where you can sign up for the separate sessions here. They have had one session so far where you can watch the recap in this same link.


This course will review Rest API, Metadata API, Hyper API, Javascript API and Extensions API.


There are a couple of applications you will need to set up on your personal computer for this series;

  • Sign up for tableau developer program to get your own sandbox environment > tableau.com/developer

  • Download the most current version of python > python.org/downloads

  • Download Postman > postman.com/downloads

  • Download Visual Studio Code > code.visualstudio.com/download




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