Preparing the workspace - Qlik View

Before we start, we need to make sure we have everything we'll need throughout the chapter.

Since the previous chapter covered the QlikView Desktop installation process, we assume that it is already installed on your machine by now. If not, please take a moment to install it before continuing.

Setting up the folder structure

We will create a Windows folder structure with which we'll work throughout the book. This set of folders will help us organize the various files we'll be using and arrange them by the specific role these files play in our project.

The files provided along with the book are already structured with the folders we need. If you have already copied the original files, you can skip the outlined process.

A typical QlikView deployment scenario will include different types of files, but for now we'll just focus on two of them:

  • The source data files
  • The QlikView document

Follow these steps to set up the environment:

  1. Create a Windows folder with which you will work throughout the entire book and call it QlikView Development. Place it in the location of your choice.
  2. Inside this folder, create another one. This folder will specifically be used to store the set of files we will work with. You may name the new folder as Airline Operations.
  3. Inside the Airline Operations folder, create two additional subfolders, one called Data Files and the other called Apps.
  4. Inside the Data Files folder, create yet another folder and name it QDSs. The final folder structure is depicted in the following screenshot:
  5. Preparing-the-workspace-Figure

  6. Copy the QVD files corresponding to this chapter into the Data FilesQVDs folder.

Our environment is almost set up. The only thing left is to create the QlikView document.

Creating the QlikView document

To create the QlikView file we will use to build our app, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the QlikView program.
  2. Click on the File menu and select New.
  3. The Getting Started wizard dialog may instantly appear, asking you to select a data source. We will, for now, ignore it. Click on Cancel.
    ° Don't worry if this dialog window doesn't appear when launching QlikView.
  4. Go to the File menu again and click on Save as.... We will save the document inside the Airline OperationsApps folder and name it Airline Operations.qvw.

Now that we have our environment ready, let's move on to create our analytical application.

QlikView documents are often referred to as 'applications' or 'apps' as they offer a much more interactive experience than the term 'document' would imply. In this book, we will be using the terms 'document', 'application' and 'app' interchangeably.

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