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Data is the new soil

Data is the new soil

Barry Smart

Thinking of data as the new soil is useful in highlighting the key elements that enable a successful data and analytics initiative.
C# serialization with JsonSchema and System.Text.Json

C# serialization with JsonSchema and System.Text.Json

Matthew Adams

Learn how code generation can build on System.Text.Json and JSON Schema to create a great experience for C# developers.
How to use Azure Synapse SQL Serverless to connect Data Lake and Power BI

How to use Azure Synapse SQL Serverless to connect Data Lake and Power BI

Carmel Eve

TL;DR - Using Azure Synapse SQL Serverless, you can query Azure Data Lake and populate Power BI reports across multiple workspaces.
How to test Azure Synapse notebooks

How to test Azure Synapse notebooks

James Broome

Interactive Spark notebooks are an incredibly powerful tool for data exploration and experimentation. And in Azure Synapse, the time to (business) value is significantly decreased due to tight integration with Pipelines and monitoring tooling. But as with any software process, the need to validate business rules is important, as is ensuring that quality doesn't regress over time - especially so in such a collaborative and productive environment. This post looks at some simple ways to add testing to your Synapse Notebooks.
How to use Power BI deployment pipelines to enable DevOps for analytics

How to use Power BI deployment pipelines to enable DevOps for analytics

Carmel Eve

Power BI deployment pipelines is a (relatively) new feature of Power BI that is used to manage collaboration, change management and testing of reports. They can be used to enable DevOps for your analytics solutions, and support structured development and deployment of reports.
Do robots dream of counting sheep?

Do robots dream of counting sheep?

Barry Smart

Some of my thoughts inspired whilst helping out on the farm over the weekend. What is the future of work given the increasing presence of machines in our day to day lives? In which situations can AI deliver greatest value? How can we ease the stress of digital transformation on people who are impacted by it?
Configuration in Azure Functions - What's in the box?

Configuration in Azure Functions - What's in the box?

Jonathan George

The first in a series of posts talking about how to best work with configuration in Azure Functions
How to safely reference a nullable activity output in Azure Synapse Pipelines and Azure Data Factory

How to safely reference a nullable activity output in Azure Synapse Pipelines and Azure Data Factory

Ed Freeman

Did you know that there's a null-safe operator in Azure Data Factory's expression syntax? No? Well, now you do. Here's how you can safely reference an activity output that might not always exist.
How to trigger an Azure Synapse pipeline run from C#

How to trigger an Azure Synapse pipeline run from C#

Jonathan George

A rundown of how to trigger an Azure Synapse pipeline run from C# code.
Learning from Covid-19

Learning from Covid-19

Barry Smart

Summary of key themes from the Doing Data Together conference hosted virtually by The Scotsman newspaper and Edinburgh University in November 2020. The conference agenda was pivoted to focus on the use of data to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. It provided a fascinating insight into the lessons learned.
Installing Mattermost using the Azure CNAB Quickstart Library

Installing Mattermost using the Azure CNAB Quickstart Library

Mike Larah

Get started with Mattermost on Azure using the Mattermost on AKS quickstart from the Azure CNAB Quickstart Library.
How Azure Synapse unifies your development experience

How Azure Synapse unifies your development experience

Ian Griffiths

Modern analytics requires a multi-faceted approach, which can cause integration headaches. Azure Synapse's Swiss army knife approach can remove a lot of friction.
Design patterns in C# - The Proxy Pattern

Design patterns in C# - The Proxy Pattern

Carmel Eve

This blog is part of a series around design patterns. This post focuses on the proxy pattern. The proxy pattern is used to restrict and control access to underlying objects. It is useful in communicating with remote servers, or in adding extra functionality on object access.