Steve Dark Bibliography
Steve Dark is author of the Quick Intelligence Blog, is a regular contributor to Qlik Community, and has contributed to a number of QlikView books. As technical reviewer, Steve has brought his trusted knowledge to the process of creating each of these titles, working with the authors to ensure accuracy of content and the coverage of topics.
This book is recognised as the definitive reference for those creating QlikView applications. Every aspect of application development is covered, from planning the data model, bringing in the data and designing the UI, through to securing your finished application.
The book follows a series of exercises (based on a fictitious airline) intended to take you through the process from blank page to fully-functional example. This exercise-based approach makes it perfect for training sessions , which is why we use the training materials that have been created to complement this book to run our classroom training sessions.
While QlikView 11 For Developers is a comprehensive and linear learning resource, the Cookbook is not tied to any such remit or format. Each chapter is a self-contained recipe for creating something that you may not have considered before.
The feeling here is that Stephen has gone out of his way to surprise the reader, interaction with the Word API and creating QlikView Extensions being a couple of notable highlights. Although some of the examples may be a bit frivolous (and all the better for it) there will almost certainly be aspects of this book that even seasoned developers will take away and start using regularly in their own applications.
Development teams often segregate their development into different streams, ensuring that each part is handled by developers who are experts in that area. This book has been written for those that exclusively create data load scripts (for the book that solely covers front end UI design, see Karl Pover’s Learning QlikView Data Visualization).
While much of the content here has been covered in QlikView 11 For Developers, this book has a very tight focus and a less exercise-driven approach.
QlikView Server and Publisher – Stephen Redmond
This book focuses on the set-up and configuration of QlikView Server, from how to set up a simple single server implementation, through to how to size, plan, and deploy a high-availability high-capacity QlikView environment. This is a massive topic with no fixed right answers.
Stephen guides the reader through the many considerations that need to be given to building the right environment and shares best practices from his own extensive experience. Step-by-step instructions are given for configuring servers and software for various scenarios. Many of the features of Server and Publisher that you may not have been aware of are also covered in this book.
Qlik Sense Cookbook – Philip Hand / Neeraj Kharpate
This book is the first dedicated to getting under the bonnet of Qlik Sense (the previous Learning Qlik Sense focuses more on positioning the product and giving an overview of features). The cookbook style (which readers of Stephen Redmond’s QlikView equivalent will find familiar) means that many of the ‘recipes’ have code blocks that can simply be copied and pasted into Sense to make the examples work. Each exercise demonstrating another facet of Sense. There are recipes for creating extensions, using the “single object configurator”, Snapshots and Stories, as well as the more run-of-the-mill use cases. Producing a book on a product that is evolving as quickly as Sense was always going to be a challenge, and you will find a chapter at the end of this book dealing exclusively with features that arrived with version 2.1.1.
If you have come from a QlikView background, and are finding Sense a bit disorientating, or you have just turned up to the Qlik party since Sense arrived, then there will be recipes for you in these pages.
As well as the authors of these books, there were others who also provided assistance in the creation of these books as technical reviewers and authors of forewords. Those people are; Donald Farmer, Ralf Becher, Anthony Perozzo, Deepak Vadithala, B. Diane Blackwood and Brian Diamante, as well as the various staff at Packt Publishing.