Steps to Learning LookML

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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. Contact support@looker.com for access.

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 modeling your data in LookML. If you’re not familiar with using Looker to query, filter, and drill into data, we suggest the following:

  • Start with the Exploring Data tutorials. The links at the bottom of each page will guide you through a sequence of the most important Looker features.
  • These videos take you through the basics of exploring.

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

The resources below 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 Reference Page
Explore LookML Go to Reference Page
Join LookML Go to Reference Page
View LookML Go to Reference Page
Field LookML Go to Reference Page
Dashboard LookML Go to Reference Page

5. Consider Looker Training

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

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