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Steps to learning LookML

New to LookML development? Below is a list of resources to jump-start your learning.

1. Get access to Looker’s learning environment

One of the best ways to learn Looker and LookML is to play in a safe environment with plenty of code examples to copy. Looker can provide you with an account on our learning environment, learn.looker.com. Register for our free eLearning course, Getting started with LookML, and complete the first section, Learn.looker.com sign-up, to receive an account.

2. Learn how to use Looker to query and explore data

Knowing how to explore data in Looker will help you a great deal when you’re modeling your data in LookML. If you’re not familiar with using Looker to query, filter, and drill into data, we suggest the following:

3. Review SQL basics before diving into LookML

Writing LookML requires an understanding of SQL queries. You don’t have to be a SQL guru, and even beginners can create powerful Looker models. But, in general, the deeper you go in LookML, the more you benefit from a deeper knowledge of SQL.

If you need a SQL refresher, here are some of our favorite resources:

4. Learn LookML fundamentals

These resources will jump-start your LookML knowledge. Use your learning account to experiment with different design patterns.

After you’ve learned LookML basics, use these pages for details on each LookML parameter:

Model LookML Go to the Model parameters reference page
Explore LookML Go to the Explore parameters reference page
Join LookML Go to the Join parameters reference page
View LookML Go to the View parameters reference page
Field LookML Go to the Field parameters reference page
Dashboard LookML Go to the Dashboard parameters reference page

5. Consider Looker training

Looker offers several classes for business users, beginning Looker developers, and advanced Looker developers. Check out our training events page for more information.

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