QlikView for Developers: Update

By Barry Harmsen

QlikView for DevelopersToday PacktPub published a new version of Miguel García’s and my 2012 book, QlikView 11 for Developers. Now released under the version-agnostic title QlikView for Developers, the book can be used for QlikView 11, 11.2, 12 and 12.1. (and given how little love Qlik has shown QlikView recently, probably every upcoming version, if any, after this)

If you own the previous version of the book, and are still on QlikView, you may be wondering “Do I need to get this updated version?“. The answer to that question is “Unless you are a book collector, probably not“.

There are some things about the previous edition of the book that irk me. There are also many things that I have learned since 2012 and would do differently nowadays. Besides the irks, none of these things are in the updated version.

QlikView is a product in decline, with even its vendor ghosting the product in favor of Qlik Sense. Although I would’ve loved to do a full revision, I couldn’t justify the significant effort that this would cost. Miguel and I corrected the reader-submitted errata, added a chapter on what’s new in QlikView 12 and described some of the new data sources that are available to QlikView. Other than that, the book is unchanged. Much like QlikView 12, it is still solid, but there really isn’t anything new there.

So why did you release an updated version in the first place?” When QlikView 11 for Developers was published in 2012, it did very well, wildly exceeding my own expectation of maybe selling a few hundred copies. Our publisher (PacktPub) noticed this as well. I assume their reasoning went something along the lines of “Do you know what makes us more money than 1 book on QlikView? 100 books on QlikView!“, as they’ve been steadily churning out books on QlikView since.

When we were approached for an update, it was very clear that they were going to go ahead with it, with or without us. If we didn’t update it, they would get someone else to do it. Our names would still be included on the cover though. Given PacktPub’s sometimes casual standards for considering authors, I decided it was better if I still was involved.

OK, but I am new to QlikView, is this updated version right for me?” Yes, even though not much has changed since the previous edition, the book is still a solid introductory text on QlikView. It may be worth noting though that the previous version is equally solid, and is slightly cheaper (neither book has the words Don’t Panic inscribed on the cover though).

TL;DR: New version of QlikView for Developers now available. If you already have the old one, you don’t need this. Still a good book if you are new to QlikView, but so is the old version and it is slightly cheaper.

About The Author

Barry Harmsen

Hi there, I'm Barry and I'm a Business Intelligence Consultant at Bitmetric and based in the Netherlands. Originally from a background of 'traditional' Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Performance Management, for the past 10 years I have been specializing in Qlik and a more user-centric form of BI. I have done numerous QlikView and Qlik Sense implementations in many different roles and industries. In 2012 I co-authored the book QlikView 11 for Developers. You can follow me on Twitter at @meneerharmsen.


  • 1
    Rob Frankel
    November 7, 2018 - 16:20 | Permalink

    Hi Barry

    I recently bought your updated book. As a new Qlikview user, I have been ploughing through the book, and am finding it to be well written and thought out..

    After reading through your article titled ‘QlikView for Developers: Update’, I am now seriously worried. From what you say, it seems you believe that Qlikview is on its way out. With that in mind, I would like to ask your advice, if you don’t mind.

    I am a 50 year old, living in Durban, South Africa, and I was recently retrenched from my previous company after 20 years as IT Manager and network administrator. I have found it extremely difficult to find a new job, as there are too many young network administrators around. My thinking was to learn Qlikview in order to either get a job as a Qlikview developer or to find projects to develop privately. I was told by numerous people that Qlikview would be a good route to follow.

    Now reading your article, I am wondering whether I have made the correct choice. Should I rather be learning QlikSense or Tableau. My understanding is that QlikSense is a scaled down, simplified version of Qlikview. Is that correct? Am I correct in thinking that many of the concepts in your Qlikview book would apply to a certain extent, to the other BI programs as well?

    I am sorry for the long story, but I’m hoping you won’t mind giving me a little advice as someone who works extensively in the BI arena.

    Many thanks.

    • 2
      November 8, 2018 - 12:23 | Permalink

      Hi Rob,

      I expect QlikView to be around for the foreseeable future. From what I know of the market in South Africa, there are many companies that are long time users of QlikView. IMHO, companies that have heavily invested in QlikView are unlikely to switch over to 100% Qlik Sense anytime soon. In those environments, I expect to see QlikView and Qlik Sense side by side for quite some time to come.

      That being said, all the -new- implementations are Qlik Sense now (at least, that’s what I see in my own business) and Sense definitely is more future proof than QlikView. Fortunately, most of the skills you’ll pick up from our book (data modeling, scripting, expressions) apply to Qlik Sense as well.

      To make a long story short, becoming proficient in QlikView should be enough to get your foot in the door at an existing Qlik customer at this moment, but you will definitely have to learn Qlik Sense sooner than later (which is not really hard if you already know QlikView).

      Kind regards,

  • 3
    Rob Frankel
    November 9, 2018 - 13:26 | Permalink

    Hi Barry

    Many thanks for your detailed reply. What you say makes me feel a whole lot better about continuing to learn Qlikview, As you say, the concepts of data modelling and scripting can be used whether it is with Qlikview, Qliksense or any BI programs.

    Once again, thank you.


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