SQL Saturday Nashville – January 2020

I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Nashville on Saturday, January 18th at 8:30 am. The topic is: Data Bricks, Spark, Machine Learning and Azure Synapse Analytics An end-to-end example of Data in the cloud. You've heard about Azure Data Lake and Azure Data Warehouse, now called Azure Synapse Analytics. You've also heard about Azure … Continue reading SQL Saturday Nashville – January 2020

2019 University of Scouting – Dutch Oven Cooking

Cast Iron Cookware What is a Dutch Oven? A Dutch oven is a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Dutch ovens are usually made of seasoned cast iron; however, some Dutch ovens are instead made of cast aluminium, or ceramic. Some metal varieties are enameled rather than being seasoned (see next section). Acquiring a Dutch Oven You can start your … Continue reading 2019 University of Scouting – Dutch Oven Cooking

2019 University of Scouting – Winter Camping Fun

Troop Camping in the Winter Months Rules 1st Rule:  Be prepared for any weather in any extreme. 2nd Rule:  Plan for cold, wet, windy weather.  (And be grateful when it’s not.) 3rd Rule:  Plan for the Scouts to be under-prepared for extreme (especially wet) conditions. Principles There are three key principles to keep in mind … Continue reading 2019 University of Scouting – Winter Camping Fun

Quickly Processing One Million Transactions in Azure SQL Database

I've had to solve an interesting problem this week. I started the week with an SSIS package that ran in 2 minutes. It extracts a million transaction records from DB2 to a file, uploads the file to Azure Blob Storage and BULK IMPORT's the file into an Azure SQL Database staging table. All in 2 … Continue reading Quickly Processing One Million Transactions in Azure SQL Database