Bitcoin historical price in US dollars, as of January 2021 (View made with Tableau)

Given my increasing interest in Bitcoin (and cryptocurrencies overall) in the past year, I looked out for solutions to get Bitcoin data into Tableau and start to track highs/lows and other key metrics of the #1 cryptocurrency in the world.

Tableau Web Data Connector (WDC) and Hyper API are two of the most common ways to connect Tableau to any data over the web. However, there is an additional method — I believe still not very popular but my favourite — consisting in adding a Python or R script within a Tableau Prep flow that sends a API request and…

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Tableau analytics extensions are finally available for Tableau Online! Now, it is possible to unlock the power of data science programming languages including Python/R within the visual analytics cloud solution of Tableau.

However, before enabling analytics extensions in Tableau Online, there are a couple of things to consider as described here. In particular, Tableau Online requires a valid TLS/SSL certificate configured on the server running the external service (e.g. TabPy or Rserve) and authenticated access to this (see here, for posts related to security and authentication for analytics extensions in Tableau).

This guide aims to describe a quick method to…

Paolo Ferraiuoli

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