Cortana And Power BI

Paul Turley combines Cortana Analytics and Power BI:

I’ve made a quick video to demonstrate how it works.  By the way, you can just type your questions instead of speaking them to Cortana.  Questions are sent to the Power BI Q&A feature for the datasets you chose to integrate from your subscription.

Check out the video.  I want Jarvis within 10 years, people.

Sentiment Analysis

Dustin Ryan and Patrick Leblanc used Azure ML and Power BI to do sentiment analysis:

Using Azure ML and a free subscription to the Text Analytics API, I’m going to show you how to perform sentiment analysis and key phrase extraction on tweets with the hashtag #Colts (after this past Sunday’s 51-16 beat down of the Colts at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars, I’m bathing in the tears of Colts fans. Watch the highlights! ). Although my example here is somewhat humorous, the steps can be used to perform sentiment analysis and key phrase extraction on any text data as long as you can get the data into Power Query.

This is a fantastic example of how Azure ML can be used.  Read the whole thing.

Powershell To Modify Team Foundation Version Control

Kevin Eckart makes use of TFS commands to maintain source:

In our environment, changes made in the Test branch have to travel through the Main branch and into the Release branch to be deployed into production. Sometimes changes need to move through quickly without regard to other changes, especially in an environment where there may be a single coder. Note: the following code will merge all checked in code regardless of who checked it in. Be careful in multi-coder environments.

This is your daily public service announcement saying that if you don’t have your database code in source control, you really should get your database code into source control.

Incrementing All Sequences

Mark Broadbent had to increment all of his sequences by 10,000.  Here’s how he did it:

The only problem with this approach is that our database was configured (rightly or wrongly) with approximately 250 sequences! Since we could not be sure which sequences would ultimately cause us problems we decided to increment each one by 10,000.

Not being someone who likes performing monotonous tasks and also recognising the fact that this task would probably need to be performed again in the future I decided to attempt to programmatically solve this problem.

The script isn’t too difficult to understand but let me reiterate his warning:  read the script before you run it, and know exactly what it’s doing before you run it.

CISL

Niko Neugebauer talks about the Columnstore Indexed Scripts Library:

Around 3.5 Months ago in September of 2015, I have announced the first public release of the CISL – Columnstore Indexes Scripts Library, which allows to have a deeper insight into the database that uses or can use Columnstore Indexes.
Since that, I have released 4 more “point releases” with bug fixes and new features, I have greatly expanded the support of SQL Server with inclusion of SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQLDatabase.

If you use columnstore indexes, you absolutely want to get this.  Also, there’s a brand new update out.

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