Getting Started with Your Own Metrics

GoodData Demo Workspace (available for Free and Growth customers) comes pre-loaded with many data and measures which you can use to construct insights and dashboards. In this section, you will learn how we created some of the demo workspace metrics, how to create and save a new metric, and reuse it.

To create or modify existing metrics, all GoodData users, including Free and Growth users, can use Metric Editor.

Metrics Editor is a part of the workspace management tools. As a result, it uses different naming nomenclature.

This simple table is the only thing that you need to remember.

Analytical Designer and KPI DashboardsMetric Editor
MeasureFact
Calculated Measure

Metric

WorkspaceProject

If you want to create a new calculated measure, use Metrics Editor and create a new metric which will then appear in your Data Catalog section along other measures.

For more details about Pixel Perfect and Responsive user interfaces, see GoodData Portal.

Tutorials in this section are based on data from the GoodData Demo Workspace. However, the principles and practices described here are applicable to all GoodData users.

Why You Should Save Your Metrics

When you build a metric in the Metric Editor, you use the GoodData's own query language called MAQL (Multi-dimensional Analytical Query Language). It allows you to build reusable metrics and filters and avoid building one-off SQL queries in a web user interface, rather than editing bulky JSON files.

MAQL allows you to create metrics with a simple expression language, and it also allows you to combine simple expressions into powerful complex metrics.

Next Steps

In the following sections, you will explore the power of MAQL in more detail.

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