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10 Aug 2020 How to send emails with an SMTP server in Azure Databricks

A client asked if we could provide a simple form of monitoring on a part of a provided solution. For this particular source, our client asked us to send a simple email with record counts to a mailing list. No problem! Let's get to work

03 Aug 2020 Caching in Databricks?
Yes, you can!

Sometimes, Databricks can be a bit sluggish. Caching with, for instance, the Delta Cache Accelerated Worker can help you speed it up. We'll explain how it does that.

02 Jun 2020 The magic of Scalar-valued function inlining in SQL 2019

For some reason developers like stuffing their SQL with SVFs, and that... makes... it... so... slow. Are SVFs really that bad? And is scalar-valued function inlining useful at all? Let’s walk through it together and find out!

18 May 2020 XML fun on Azure SQL

While XML has been suitable as a SQL Server native datatype since SQL 2005, for one reason or the other it’s not often used - with only a very few working examples. This blog post is meant for T-SQL teams looking for a working XML example on SQL Server, including schema binding and XML indexes.

07 May 2020 When tempdb becomes permanentdb

What can go wrong when you combine memory-optimized tempdb with the resource governor? If you are using SQL Server 2019 you’ll see that one of the new features allows you to convert some tempdb system tables in in-memory OLTP.

24 Apr 2020 Een inleiding tot Partitioning, deel 1

Naar aanleiding van een migratieproject bij een van onze klanten, kreeg ik inspiratie om enkele zaken rond Partitioning uit te klaren. Partitioning is geen performance feature, maar is voornamelijk een methode om het management van grote tabellen te vergemakkelijken.

08 Apr 2020 Budget allocation: combining different levels of granularity in Power BI

Allocating budgets on a different level is not easy to manage in DAX. It was (and still is) a DAX struggle for me. This blog post will guide you through the different steps I took to easily manage the different granularities (and write easy DAX afterwards) by allocating budget on day level using Power Query.

17 Mar 2020 Kohera’s Modern Data Platform: Choosing the model – Pt.1

Kohera’s Modern Data platform does not come with a canned data model by default. This makes the framework extremely flexible to adapt to a variety of project workflows, but it also means during the Analysis phase we will need to think about how to structure the data before continuing. A blogpost.

19 Feb 2020 The hidden gems of the function Web.Contents()

Some of our customers want us to import their data from a standard on-premises or cloud-based (Azure) SQL-database, others want us to import their data from a REST API. If ever, you’ll have to import data from a REST API, you’ll surely encounter some obstacles.