Looker 6.10 Release Notes

(Carter Moar) #1

Anticipated Deployment Dates

Release Rollout Begins: April 7, 2019
Release Final & Download Available: April 18, 2019

Release Highlights

In addition to general tweaks and enhancements, this release comes with new and improved features in the following categories. Read on for more detail.

Preparing for Release

Please take notice of items marked with a :zap: as they indicate changes to existing functionality and may require your attention. For more information see the Legacy Feature Updates and Features by Section below.

Experimental and Beta Features

The following new and improved experimental and beta features are marked with a :alembic::

Notable Features

Three (or four) New Visualizations

By popular request, we’ve added three new standard visualizations and a fourth Labs revamp of the table visualization. Use the new box plot to show distributions in value, use the waterfall to help understand the cumulative effect of positive and negative values, and highlight the most popular values with the new word cloud. The new table visualization has native subtotals and adjustable and freezable columns.

Features by Section

Dashboards, Visualizations, and Explore

  • New visualizations!
    • Box plot
    • Waterfall
    • Word cloud
    • :alembic: Experimental new table visualization
  • Reverse the colors. Added an option to reverse the order of a color palette when multiple series are present in a visualization.

Platform and Administration

  • Introduced Oauth for the Action Hub. New actions may be built with OAuth, allowing users to authenticate as themselves to take action in another application.
  • :zap: New default password requirements. New and reset passwords will be subject to the following requirements: minimum length 10 characters, at least one uppercase and one lowercase letter, one numeric character, and one special character. Learn more.
  • New language support. Expanded current language support to include Spanish, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian.
  • :alembic: System Activity model and dashboard improvements
    • Fields used in non-Look tiles are now tracked in the model and dashboards.
    • Added descriptions to the remaining fields in the model.
    • Improved drill fields in the System Activity model and dashboards.
  • :alembic: Promoted API 3.1 from “experimental” to “beta”.
  • Added the ability to disable Gravatar user account profile pictures. Learn more.
  • Added Javascript events that track when embedded content begins and completes loading data. Learn more.

LookML and Development

  • The Content Validator now covers dashboard filters and listeners.


  • Addressed a vulnerability that allowed for access to other users’ scheduled deliveries.
  • Addressed a vulnerability related to the sanitization of SQL Runner downloads.
  • Newly created instance will default to having “Clickjacking Protection” enabled on the Embed Admin page. Existing instances will retain their selected values.

General Tweaks and Bug Fixes

  • Dialects
    • Fixed an issue where Looker generated invalid SQL for Dremio.
    • Fixed an issue where Looker generated incorrect SQL for relative date filters on Druid.
  • LookML and Development
    • Added a link to the “import credentials” project settings tab when the LookML Validator warns that a dependency lacks credentials.
    • Fixed an issue that resulted in “Document Not Found” messages when selecting “View Document” to see a document outside of the IDE.
    • :alembic: Custom fields no longer unnecessarily trigger Symmetric Aggregates.
    • Fixed an issue where developers could not see certain models connected to local git repositories.
    • Fixed an issue where the Content Validator could group errors by the wrong space.
    • Fixed an issue where the Content Validator did not flag errors produced by fields being excluded using fields: [] at the join level.
    • Fixed an issue where the LookML Validator failed to detect inaccessible native derived table fields.
    • Added validation to properly protect against duplicative model names issues.
    • :alembic: Fixed an issue where project import would include all view files in a project when it should just include the root with include: "/*.view".
  • Scheduling and Downloading
    • Improved mailer stability by retrying schedules after a timeout period.

Word-cloud visualization
(Carter Moar) pinned #2

(Scott Vickers) #3

I’m intrigued about new experimental table viz, any other info about it?


(Carter Moar) #4

@svickers they’re going to start out with subtotals and :tada: adjustable and freezable columns :tada: but the team has further refinements planned

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(Ben Silverstein) #5

Really impressed with how you guys are addressing your visualizations enhancement needs. This has been the only part of Looker that I’ve found lacking, but these improvements continue to be major!


(Kaushal Acharya) #6

Is there any plan to add French and Chinese language support?


(Carter Moar) #7

Chinese is on the map, but it’s not currently of high priority, so no promises on if or when it’ll be integrated. French is already here! At least to the full extent all of our current localization efforts (nav, top-level menu items, etc. aren’t yet implemented)


(Kaushal Acharya) #8

Thanks for the information. Could you please confirm if there is any way in Looker by which in built messages such as ‘Loading Data…’ while loading the look can be translated to any available languages like French ?


(Carter Moar) #9

Most strings on dashboards and visualizations should be localized, though I think the “Loading Data…” might be a release or so out. Let us know if anything’s missing for you and feel free to add any requests you might have to the feature requests category.


(David Oliver) #10

Thanks for the info.

Is there a fix for explore names that contain special characters, most notedly for us was the ‘&’?

Whenever we renamed an explore and then attempted to switch the name with the content validator, there were issues due to the ampersand being present in the old name.


(Martin Guindon) #11

I totally agree with @bens, the lack of depth on Viz options is the only thing I could be critical of Looker, so this is awesome news! We are looking forward to having Boxplots and an improved Table :slight_smile: