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Day: April 18, 2024

Azure Regions and Pricing

Koen Verbeeck has a public service announcement:

Today I was having a nice discussion with some colleagues about Fabric and pricing/licensing came up. I mentioned an F2 is only around €250 a month, but a colleague said “no no, it’s over €300”.

There can be significant differences in prices for services based on region, not just for Microsoft Fabric, but also for a variety of services. This will depend on how new the hardware is, how much demand there is in the region, and a few other factors. Cloud Price does a good job of keeping track of VM pricing by region, and even tells you the cheapest region for each class of VM. For other services, you may have to trawl through Azure APIs and pricing pages to get the best deal.

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Data Analysis with Window Functions

Erika Balla looks out the window:

Window functions are an advanced feature of SQL that provides powerful tools for detailed data analysis and manipulation without grouping data into single output rows, which is common in aggregate functions. These functions operate on a set of rows and return a value for each row based on the calculation against the set.

In this article, we delve into window functions in SQL Server. You will learn how to apply various window functions, including moving averages, ranking, and cumulative sums, to achieve comprehensive analytics on data sets. 

Click through for several examples.

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pl/dotnet Version 0.99

Brick Abode announces F# and C# support within Postgres:

pl/dotnet adds full support for C# and F# to PostgreSQL. 0.99 is our public beta release; we wish to share its amazingness with the world.

  • We support all PL operations: functions, procedures, DO, SPI, triggers, records, SRF, OUT/INOUT, table functions, etc
  • We natively support 40 out of 46 standard user types, the most of any external PL
  • Fully NPGSQL-compatible, and SPI is exposed through the NPGSQL API for maximum compatibility
  • In our benchmarks, C# and F# are the fastest Procedural Languages in PostrgreSQL
  • All features are fully tested for both C# and F#, with 1013 unit tests
  • 100% free software under the PostgreSQL license

This is a beta release; we invite usage and welcome feedback.

Look at me, side-eyeing SQL Server and how SQLCLR still doesn’t have F# support. I still maintain that the single biggest mistake Microsoft made around SQLCLR was adopting the “safe” and “unsafe” mode language. C# developers understood that “unsafe” meant you could get access to pointers and other internals that .NET languages typically hide from us. But try explaining that to a DBA, who doesn’t understand the language or the concepts.

On the bright side, .NET languages are the fastest procedural languages for Postgres, so that’s pretty neat. H/T Sergey Tihon.

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Waiting for a Job to Complete in Powershell

Patrick Grueanuer waits for a job:

The cmdlet Wait-Job waits until one or all of the PowerShell jobs running in the session are in a terminating state. In this blog post I will show you an example you can build on. Let’s get started.

Start-Job creates one or more PowerShell background jobs. These jobs are running hidden in the background and enable you to continue your work in PowerShell. This example starts a port scan background job.

Click through to see how Start-Job works and what you can do with other job-related cmdlets.

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Refreshing a Power BI Semantic Model via Fabric Pipelines

Marc Lelijveld builds a pipeline:

Recently, Microsoft released a new activity type to trigger Power BI Semantic Model refreshes. A great step forward to have a native pipeline activity and no longer need to setup complex steps with APIs and authentication manually. Or is there still a case?

In this blog I will elaborate on what this new Pipeline activity exactly is, various scenarios in which it can be applied and finally some edge cases and shortcomings.

Click through to see how it works.

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New Data Governance Features in Microsoft Purview

James Serra takes a look:

The changes to Purview, in short, are that the “Data Catalog” section of Microsoft Purview was redesigned and updated with new features, including a “Data management” section and a “Data estate health” section. Within the data management section, you can easily define and assign business-friendly terminology (such as Finance and Claims). Business-friendly language follows the data governance experience through Data Products (a collection of data assets used for a business function), Business Domains (ownership of Data Products), Data Quality (assessment of quality), Data Access, and Data Estate Health (reports and insights). Let’s explore each of these new features in detail:

Read on for a fairly deep dive into these changes.

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