Introducing the Tableau interface

In this recipe, we will look at the components of the Tableau interface and use these features in order to create a simple Tableau visualization. In the previous recipe, we connected to data in Windows Azure Datamarket and a local Excel spreadsheet. We will use these data sources in our example here in order to produce a quick and easy data visualization.

Getting ready

Make sure that you have a copy of the Chapter 1 Tableau data visualization open. You should be able to access both data sources. To do this, click on the Tableau Data connection that you will see in the top left-hand corner of the Tableau interface, as shown in the following screenshot:

You should be able to click on the CountryCodes and the GNI connections ...

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