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Rapid Graphs with Tableau Software 8: The Original Guide for the Accidental Analyst Paperback – April 26, 2013
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Stephen McDaniel has 20 years of experience as a teacher, consultant, leader, innovator and author in the fields of business intelligence and data mining. Stephen is co-founder of Freakalytics, LLC, a company dedicated to helping people understand, present and take action with their data. He is also author of "Rapid Graphs with Tableau Software " and "SAS for Dummies". Stephen has worked with over 50 organizations including: Netflix, UC- Berkeley, EBay, Yahoo!, Duke, Amgen, Fidelity, Target and Microsoft. Please visit us at www.Freakalytics.com for information on Tableau public training courses and on-site, custom training. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Not only does it betray the beauty of the software, it makes it very difficult to discern what is highlighted, what is being compared etc.
I didn't expect that, but suppose I should have considering Accidental Analyst was "monotone" as well.
Disappointed guys. Considering Tableau's growth and the fact there are other books on 8.0 coming, I would rapidly republish in color and offer a trade-if (haha)
The contenders included:
"Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook" by Nandeshwar, Packt, 172 pages, £24 for a new paperback
"Creating Data Stories with Tableau Public" by Ohmann and Floyd, Packt, 222 pages, £23
"Rapid Graphs with Tableau 8" by McDaniel, Apress, 252 pages, £29
"Learning Tableau" by Milligan, Packt, 340 pages, £33
"Communicating Data with Tableau" by Jones, O'Reilly, 334 pages, £18
"Tableau For Dummies" by Monsey and Sochan, Wiley, 352 pages, £22
"Tableau Dashboard Cookbook" by Stirrup, Packt, 336 pages, £29
"Tableau 9: Official Guide" by Peck, McGraw-Hill, 352 pages, £24
"Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook" - a decent book, but the lightest yet not the cheapest of the bunch - was the first book to be eliminated. It was followed by "Creating Data Stories with Tableau Public", also a good book but one "dominated" by better ones. Then it was "Rapid Graphs with Tableau 8"'s turn ... and here I realized that there are multiple versions of the book - "white cover" and (Apress-published) "black cover", each in multiple editions. The one I am looking at is a fourth-edition "black cover". (To make matters weirder still, I paid £29 for the book, but now Amazon shows price of £12).
Assuming that the "white cover" is similar to it, I do not recommend "Rapid Graphs" as one's starter Tableau book, and suggest "Communicating Data with Tableau" and "Tableau For Dummies" instead. "Rapid Graphs" is a good book with flashes of useful intermediate Tableau content and could be worth a quick look as one's *second* Tableau book, but its spartan looks alone put it at big disadvantage compared to the pretty, colorful and well-written books by Jones and Monsey and Sochan.
The early chapters are a rapid overview, the middle is all about all the chart types and common uses and the later chapters go in-depth for a wide range of features from Sets to filters to forecasting and more. I found lots of details and tips that kept me from being lost in the labryinth of features and even finding myself wondering what else could be built.
Overall, reading this helped quite a bit with my product review of Tableau Desktop. I also tried the Tableau training videos, but found they were a bit slow for my taste (after the intro videos) versus reading at my own pace.
Since I didn't buy this book, when I read the other reviews on this book I was surprised. Are you seeking a coloring book? You can see the color in the app while you build the examples in this book and I only noticed a few places where color would have mattered much.
My one ding is that it's a bit light on the Server and tablet usage, but I found the sales demo from Tableau filled in the blanks remaining on that front.
Having a book on data VISUALISATION charts in monotone just doesn't make sense. It impacts the scripting/explanations too - as the writers have to explain things they would otherwise not need to if the charts were in colour... as they clearly should be.
It's a great pity - as otherwise it is a good book written by obvious experts.