Fantastic Elastic 2
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Fantastic Elastic 2

Level: Intermediate Visualise Eurovision winners using Kibana dashboards From no data... to wow Kibana!

About the Book

This is a book by a QA (Quality Assurance) Engineer who loves Kibana.

It promises a fun, interactive reading experience for data fans, who can follow along just by reading, or trying out some or all of the steps for themselves.

If you are thinking of using Kibana, or about taking the Elastic Engineer Certification at some point, this could be a fun starting point.

If you feel like a complete beginner and want to keep things very simple, feel free to start with the book Fantastic Elastic - Level : Beginner

If you have read that book, this one starts the journey again, using more realistic real world steps, adding more detail, and digs a little deeper.

About the Author

Anita Lipsky
Anita Lipsky

Anita is a Quality Assurance (QA) and Software Test Automation Engineer who works on development teams using Agile and software best practices in Oslo, Norway. She is a speaker, blogger and founder of, and an active participant in both the Testing and Girls Can Do IT communities in Oslo.

Anita has a degree in Information Technology and currently holds three ISTQB qualifications: ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level, ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation Extension and ISTQB Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer.

Since starting writing her Fantastic Elastic book series, Anita attended the Elasticsearch Engineer I and II classes, and is now an Elastic Certified Engineer.

You can connect with Anita via email or on LinkedIn.

Table of Contents

  • Book Blurb
    • Book cover text
    • Teaser text
    • About the book
    • About the author
    • Not an official Elastic product
  • Dedication
  • Introduction
    • Purpose of this book
    • Who this book is for
    • How to use this book
    • How I will do this project
    • How to give feedback
    • When I first heard of Kibana
    • What Kibana solved for me
    • Summary
    • Australian spelling
    • Coming up…
  • Book Part One: From no data…
    • These are the steps I will be taking in Part One
    • Summary
    • Coming up…
  • Install Elasticsearch and Kibana on my laptop
  • Using the Dev Tools console to create indices and documents
    • Navigate to Dev Tools
    • Try writing and sending a request
    • Try writing and sending a request, without using your computer mouse
    • Create an index with one document in one command
    • View documents in the index
    • Add a second document to the index
    • View the documents in the index
    • Delete the document with id=1
    • Delete the index
    • Celebrate!
    • Coming up…
  • Create the index and data in one command
    • The steps we will take
    • Decide on data to use from fan site
    • Denormalise or “flatten” the data
    • Run a PUT _bulk index command using the denormalised data
    • Verify data was added
  • Create the index pattern
    • Steps to take
  • Book Part Two: …to wow, Kibana!
    • These are the steps I will be taking in Part Two
  • Discover
  • Visualize
  • Dashboards
  • Book Part Three: Getting fancy
    • TO DO list
  • Add points and margin fields with corresponding data
    • The steps we will take
    • Understand field mappings
    • Add points and margin fields
    • Verify the fields were created with the correct data types
    • Run a POST _bulk update command using the new fields
    • Will the charts and graphs automatically pick up these fields?
    • What if I deleted the index pattern instead of refreshed?

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