Community roundup: April 2023

The community roundup featuring product updates, the latest on GX + Airflow, a Cloud Beta demo, and Docker questions answered!

Erin Kapp
April 20, 2023
Erin Kapp
April 20, 2023
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At this month’s meetup, we:

  • Heard the latest on what’s coming soon in GX OSS

  • Got an exclusive demo of the GX Cloud Beta

  • Found out what’s new in the latest GreatExpectationsOperator from Airflow

  • Learned about using Docker with GX

  • And more!

You can watch the complete recording below:

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Thanks and kudos

The GX community is key to our success!

Special recognition this month goes out to Maayan Gad and Mantas Mykolaitis!

April 2023 featured GitHub contributors
  • Maayan added support for a date function within conditional Expectations when using SQL Alchemy (#7359).

  • Mantas contributed the Expectation expect_queried_custom_query_results_to_be_custom and updated the query Expectation template so that templating can be used within the passed query (#7390).

Thank you to everyone who contributed to GX this month…

April 2023 GitHub contributors

…and kudos to all of our Slack supporters for April! 

April 2023 top Slack supporters

The GX Slack community recently reached 10,000 members, and the efforts of our top Slack supporters have been pivotal in empowering the community’s growth.

Product updates

We recently launched the GX Cloud Beta! Sign up here if you’re interested in trying it out.

Tal Gluck, product manager, shared what’s up next for the GX platform:

  • SQL Alchemy v2 support

  • Pandas v2 support

  • SDK improvements that will make it easier to write and contribute Data Assistants

  • Continued testing improvements for GX OSS

If you have feedback or ideas for upcoming GX features, let Tal know at @Tal Gluck in #gx-feedback!

Cloud Beta demo

Erik Hencier, the product manager for GX Cloud, gave an exclusive demo from the GX Cloud Beta for live viewers only: we hope everyone who attended enjoyed it!

To sign up for the GX Cloud Beta, go to You can learn more about GX Cloud on our blog, or reach Erik on the GX Slack @ErikHencier.

The next generation GX and Airflow experience

Tamara Fingerlin, a developer advocate at Astronomer, showed how to orchestrate GX data validations from Apache Airflow using the newest version of the GreatExpectationsOperator.

If you haven’t come across Airflow, it’s a tool for programmatically authoring, scheduling, and monitoring data pipelines. With over 12 million downloads per month, it’s immensely popular and definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a pipeline orchestration tool.

Tamara gave us a crash course in important Airflow terminology and an update on what’s new (you can use decorators now!) before diving into the GX Airflow operator.

Highlights of the new GXO include its update to simplify GX configuration—you no longer need to explicitly define things like Checkpoints, which is especially useful if you’re new to GX—and full backwards compatibility with the older version of the GX operator. A demo using European energy data showed the GXO in action.

Check out Tamara’s full presentation for details, plus a sneak peek at Astronomer’s new Cloud IDE, a notebook-style interface for writing DAGs that includes a cell to add the GreatExpectationsOperator without needing to write any Python.

The repo used in the presentation is available on GitHub here. If you have questions, you can contact Tamara at @Tamara Fingerlin in the #integration-airflow channel on the GX Slack.

Thanks for presenting, Tamara! 

Your questions answered: Docker & GX

Ruben Orduz, a developer advocate at GX, presented on some of the use cases for GX and Docker, including:

  • How to use Docker to containerize GX for local development

  • Creating a self-contained deployment

  • Incorporating Docker into your CI pipeline

  • Accessing a Jupyter notebook from a Docker container via your local browser

Watch his presentation here…

…and then grab the sample repo on GitHub

If you have questions about your GX + Docker setup, check out #gx-community-support on the GX Slack!

Join the conversation

We updated the GX Slack to make it easier to navigate and improve the overall experience! Get the details here.

Additional updates

Have you done something cool with GX that you’d like to share? If you’re interested in presenting at a community meetup, or if there’s a topic you’d like to hear from the GX team on, DM @Josh Zheng on the GX Slack.

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