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New
April 12, 2021

👀 Schema Browser

Can't remember your table or column names, let alone column data types? You can now browse your database schemas using the schema browser, available in the left side bar with your Data Connections.

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New
March 29, 2021

More March Features: SQL + Python = ❤️

🧮 SQL Parameterization

Play Mad Libs with your {{queries}} and parameterize them to your heart's {{content}}. Now you can pass both Input parameters as well as Python variables (including lists!) to your queries. Learn more in the docs or watch a quick video.

🤝 Shared Data Connections

Tired of having to create the same connection over and over? We hear ya. Now Admins can create shared connections that everyone can use!

🌍 Public Share Links

Here's your chance to be internet famous! Turn on public share links so that anyone can interact with your Apps without needing a Hex account!

🔨 Improvements

  • Python processes that would OOM your kernel now return a "Memory Error" message instead!
  • We've added a progress bar for when you !pip install packages.
  • We fixed a bug so that .ipynb files with raw cell types can be uploaded as projects.
  • We've added a couple packages to the base image: datarobot and pyodbc
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New
March 08, 2021

March Updates: 📊 Chart Cells + more!!

📊 Chart cells

Create beautiful visualizations without memorizing tricky syntax (or combing through Stack Overflow 😅)! Learn more in our docs or check out this more in-depth demo.

🧠 Split-screen view

Maybe you can't pat your belly and rub your head at the same time, but now you can definitely work on the Logic and App views of your projects simultaneously! No more switching back and forth as you put the finishing touches on your apps.

🔎 Variable Explorer

See the objects defined in your project at a glance with the new Variable Explorer, located in the Variables tab of the left side panel!

🐞 Bug Fixes

  • Booleans can now be used in dynamically defined Multiselect and Dropdown parameters (s/o to CP)
  • Intermittent issues with executing SQL cells with keyboard shortcuts has been resolved
  • Display Table pagination no longer hangs
  • Cells occasionally not registering keystrokes issue has been resolved
  • Display Tables were (temporarily) editable, but are now correctly immutable
  • Plotly auto-sizing of charts issue resolved
  • Cell menu keyboard shortcut typo fixed (good eye MW!)
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Improvement
February 17, 2021

Text Wrapping & (re)Naming Query Results

📃 Text Wrapping

Long text fields? No problem. You can now configure columns in our Display Tables to text wrap!

🔃 Rename Query results

Rename the dataframe returning your query results with a click! Just edit the grey "Returned as dataframe" title and hit enter. You no longer need to re-execute your query for the change to take effect.

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New
February 05, 2021

February Updates: Query Caching & Multiselect!

⏰ SQL Query caching

Now you can set your SQL cells to use cached results and configure them to re-execute only when you want them to! Head to the docs for more details on the configuration options available.

✅ ✅ Multiselect Input Parameters

Life's about having options. Use our Multiselect input parameter to let users choose the list of things they need!

🗞️ Sharing Simplified

The new Share dialog box simplifies how to share your projects. See permission details in our docs.

📦 Package upgrades

We've bumped some base packages to more-recent versions:

pandas==1.2.1
numpy==1.19.5
scikit-learn==0.24.1
statsmodels==0.12.1
tensorflow==2.4.0
tensorflow_hub==0.11.0
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New
January 08, 2021

January Product Updates

🖼️ Snapshots

Data changes, analyses change, people change — with Snapshots you can freeze your results in time and go back to them for easy reference.

Along with Snapshot you can now enable collaborative App sessions by linking to the exact view of the App you want; because we know that when you're collaborating with stakeholders it helps if everyone's all looking at the same data (😅).

🏠 Sidebar Reorganization

We've made it easier to access the details of your Projects without having to leave the Logic view of your work. All of your Data Connections, Secrets, files, and more have joined the Project Outline in the left sidebar — check out their new home!

🐛 Bugs Squashed & Other Fixes

  • gspread, df2gspread & gspread-dataframe have been added to the default package list for all your Google Sheets connection needs
  • Array-type columns can now be returned for BigQuery queries
  • Cell outputs no longer scroll, allowing for easier visual comparison of returned outputs
  • Pandas stylized table formatting has been fixed
  • Some html tables which were not rendering now display correctly

🔜 Looking forward to 2021

Hex started 2020 as an itch our co-founders just had to scratch. A year later our team has tripled (we're still hiring!), we've built (what we like to think is) a beautiful product, and (perhaps most importantly) we've learned a lot from all of you.

Hex lives by a "we're all in this together" philosophy. While there's no doubt that 2021 will be a challenging year, we're confident that by working together it can be a time to deepen relationships with the Hex community as we continue to build a platform that enables data-minded folks to unleash their ingenuity & creativity.

We're all in this together — tell us how we can make your analytical life better, what you think about the features we're building, & what you wish Hex could do. We're excited to build something great with you.

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