T-SQL Tuesday #175: Old Tech, New Tech, Bold Tech, Blue Tech

Microsoft Build 2024 was just last month (at the time of this writing) and the sheer number of announcements is almost overwhelming! You can read about the announcements from the Build Book of News and view selected sessions online. I am honored to host this month’s T-SQL Tuesday and the topic I chose is: How …
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Update on the John Barker Mentoring Project

In December I announced The John Barker Mentoring Project: “I am committing to mentor young people who live in the south-central Virginia area.” I have three mentees with whom I meet online or in-person (hence the south-central Virginia requirement) about every two weeks. They’re at different places in their lives and careers, from just getting …
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One Way to Invoke Fabric Data Factory Pipelines Using the Fabric REST API

I’m an automation weenie, that’s a fact. It’s why I’m drawn to frameworks – especially data engineering execution orchestration frameworks. Speaking of frameworks, if you haven’t checked out Martin Schoombee’s series titled Building a Framework for Orchestration in Azure Data Factory: A Series, you are missing out. First, Martin is scary smart. Second, he shares practical …
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Some Frank Thoughts About Newsletters

“We need to talk.” Actually, we don’t need to talk, but I would like to share some thoughts about newsletters and managing privacy, especially the privacy of email addresses. I Encourage You to Unsubscribe I can hear some of you thinking, “Wait, Andy. You send out newsletters and you’re encouraging your readers to unsubscribe?” Yep. I’m only …
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Announcing Data Engineering Fridays!

I’m excited to announce Data Engineering Fridays! I can hear some of you thinking, … “What are Data Engineering Fridays, Andy?” That’s an awesome question! I’m glad you asked. Data Engineering Fridays is a weekly stream, between 24 May and 23 Aug 2024, in which I lead a discussion about data engineering-related topics. The 24 …
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Join me for A Day of Fabric Data Factory 24 Jun 2024!

Join me 9:00 AM-4:30 PM EDT 24 Jun 2024 for a full day of live and online training! Register today for A Day of Fabric Data Factory and save! Discount ends soon. Course Description Do you want to learn more about cloud data integration using Fabric Data Factory? Is your enterprise planning to migrate its …
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Why is There an Image on Empty Fabric Synapse Data Engineering Screens?

I’m not sure why there’s an image on empty Microsoft Fabric Synapse Data Engineering screens, but I have a theory. My theory makes sense if you compare a Fabric Synapse Data Engineering screen with the image and verbiage, “There’s nothing here yet Add something new, or upload something to see them here.” with the Fabric …
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Presenting A Day of Fabric Data Factory 17 May 2024 at Richmond SQL Saturday

I’m honored to deliver A Day of Fabric Data Factory – a full day of Microsoft Fabric Data Factory training 17 May 2024! In this session, we discuss data engineering using Microsoft Fabric Data Factory, compare Azure Data Factory with Fabric Data Factory, and demonstrate how to use Data Factory for data engineering in the modern …
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Scaffold Design Pattern in Fabric Data Factory Pipeline

When assigned a project, it’s tempting – and dangerous – to Just Start Coding. If you suffer from the urge to develop first and design later, you are not alone (there’s at least one other developer like you and he’s typing this post). Do yourself a favor and… Design First As the definition of “design” …
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#TSQL2sday Has AI Helped you with your SQL Server Job?

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by my friend and brother from another mother, Pinal Dave. My job title is Chief Data Engineer for Enterprise Data & Analytics and Enterprise Data & AI. So, “Has AI Helped you with your SQL Server Job?” In a word, yes. I can hear some of you thinking, … …
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