About the aliased finder
The aliased finder is a finder that you create for yourself in order to facilitate access to the queries that you use most frequently. It works just like any other finder except that you can create alternative tags, or aliases, for the tables and queries that you choose to include. While other finders use the standardized tags that identify tables using the rule of technology.brand.type.subtype, here you can create a tag structure that makes sense for how you want to group, identify, and access the queries.
For example, maybe you want to identify your queries by region, the type of information, and other details that describe the data. So to analyze sales on your website, you might add a query to the aliased finder by naming it emea.ecommerce.women.shoes.
To open your aliased finder, go to Data Search and use the drop-down selector in the Finder tab.
Queries in the aliased finder, also called aliased queries, can have tags with up to six levels. In this example, the finder has four.
When you first start using Devo, your aliased finder will be empty. You will need to add your chosen queries to your aliased finder one by one. We recommend that you devise a plan for naming your queries before you start adding them to your finder. Or, alternatively, you could start by marking the queries as favorites and, once you have a good number of them, add them to your aliased finder. The instructions in this article can guide you when building your finder.
Adding a query to your aliased finder
There are two ways to add a query to your aliased finder:
From the Favorite Queries list
The list of queries that you have marked as favorites appears in the lower part of the Finder tab in the Data Search area.
To add one of your favorite queries to your aliased finder, simply click the magnifying glass icon at the end of the query's row.
When you are thinking about setting up your aliased finder, it's a good idea to first mark your chosen queries as favorites. This will give you a chance to think about the queries that you use frequently and come up with a hierarchical naming scheme that makes sense for you. While the queries are marked as favorites, you can edit their aliases. However, once a query has been added to the aliased finder, its alias cannot be changed.
From the data table
You can also add a query to your aliased finder directly from inside the query window.
- Select Additional tools → Query Info → Finder Entry Point from the toolbar.
- Enter the new Search Name. We strongly recommend that you use the tag format of levels separated by dots in order to make the best use of the aliased finder. As you type the alias tag into the Search Name field, the levels will appear below to reflect how they will appear in the aliased finder. Mark as Finder Entry Point is selected by default. Click Save and Mark to add the query to the aliased finder.
- A confirmation message appears warning you that by adding the query to the aliased finder, marking it as "findable", it will be protected against modifications. This means that you will not be able to save any changes you might make to the query in future and that you will not be able to edit the query's alias. If you are not completely sure that the query is exactly as you need it yet, then click No, maybe later. Otherwise, click Yes, mark now to add the query to the aliased finder.
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