File Hashing in Alteryx

Identifying Duplicate Files Imagine you have a folder full of files, all with different names, where you need to identify which, if any, are duplicates. You could use the file size but it’s not a guarantee the files are exactly the same just because they are the same size. Hashing files is an easy way […]

Bitcoin Proof of Work

(With try yourself code!) As much as bitcoin (note here Iā€™m talking about the software also known as bitcoin core) is a highly complex system many of the basic elements can be fairly easily described and demonstrated. Here I’ll demonstrate a very simple example using python showing how mining works and how something called ‘difficulty’ […]

Web Automation Using Python and Selenium

Selenium is a software library that’s used to automate web browsers. It’s often used to run automated testing but can be used for anything involving a web browser. Since so much software is now running in the cloud and accessible via web interfaces Selenium is ideal for automating lots of manual tasks. There’s libraries available […]

Multi-threading API Requests in Python

When making hundred or thousands of API calls things can quickly get really slow in a single threaded application. No matter how well your own code runs you’ll be limited by network latency and response time of the remote server. Making 10 calls with a 1 second response is maybe OK but now try 1000. […]

Using Python with One Time Passwords (2FA)

Ever wanted to automate a process involving a vendor website and come across this. Me too šŸ˜” One time passwords (aka MFA, 2FA, or two factor authentication as I’ll say from here on) are something everyone should use and are great for security, not so great for automation. Until recently I thought this was hard […]

Loading Private Python Libraries to Alteryx at Runtime

The python tool in Alteryx is a great resource that I often use but it can easily get very cluttered with lots of reusable code that could easily be moved out and imported as a library. Unfortunately by default you can’t just use the standard import statement since the location of your workflow at runtime […]

Converting xls to xlsx files in Alteryx

There are numerous threads on the Alteryx Community where people are asking how to covert xls files to xlsx. The solutions generally suggest one of two approaches, either Read the file in with an Input Data tool then output again in the new format Use the Run Command tool to use an an Excel component […]