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Logic Apps: Source Control and Deployment

Koen Verbeeck has a two-parter. First up is storing Logic App code in source control:

At a data warehouse project I’m using a couple of Logic Apps to do some lightweight data movements. For example: reading a SharePoint list and dumping the contents into a SQL Server table. Or reading CSV files from a OneDrive directory and putting them in Blob storage. Some of those things can be done in Azure Data Factory as well, but it’s easier and cheaper to do them with Logic apps.

Logic Apps are essentially JSON code behind the scenes, so they should be included into the source control system of your choice (for the remainder of the blog post we’re going to assume this is git).

The second post covers deployment:

It’s easy to duplicate an Azure Logic App in a resource group, but unfortunately you cannot duplicate a Logic App between environments (you might try to copy paste the JSON though). So unless you want to hand craft every Logic App yourself on each of your environments, you need a way to automatically deploy your Logic Apps. It’s easier, faster and less error-prone than any manual method.

Check out both posts.

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Jeffery Hicks wants to check Git status:

I write a lot of PowerShell modules. And probably like you, I am working on more than one project at a time. I was finding it difficult to keep track of what I was working on and what I might be neglecting. So I turned to PowerShell and created a tool that I use to keep on top of my projects. The PowerShell module is called PSProjectStatus and you can install it from the PowerShell Gallery. You can find the project on GitHub, but I thought I’d provide an introduction here.

Read on to see how it works.

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Version Control for SSMS Templates

Kevin Chant saves some templates:

Previously I wrote a post about how to do version control for SQL Server Management Studio templates using Azure Repos. I wanted to highlight some things I did not point out in that post. In addition, I thought it was only fair that I showed how to do it with GitHub.

Plus, in my last T-SQL Tuesday post I mentioned the SQL Server diagnostic queries provided by Glenn Berry. Which reminded me to do this post. Because I want to do an example based on sharing one of the queries with your colleagues via GitHub. Like in the below diagram.

Click through to see the process.

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Identifying R Functions and Packages in GitHub Gists

Bryan Shalloway looks at gists:

A problem I bumped into was that most of Chelsea’s gists don’t actually have .R or .Rmd extensions so my approach skipped most of her snippets. I wanted to parse my own gists but ran into a related problem that most of my github gist code snippets are saved as .md files1.

In this post I…

1. create a function to extract code chunks from simple .md files

2. parse the functions and packages in my code using funspotr.

Click through to see the code in action.

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Handling Merge Conflicts with SSAS Tabular Projects

Richard Swinbank fights Visual Studio:

I sometimes find working with Visual Studio’s projects a challenge in multi-developer environments, because each project type seems to have its own vulnerability to Git merge conflicts. In the case of SSAS tabular, I’ve found two issues to be a regular source of conflicts:

Click through to see what those two causes are and what you can do to reduce the risk of having either one burn you.

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Databricks Integration with Git Repos

Ka-Hing Chueng and Vaibhav Sethi announce Databricks Repos is now generally available:

Thousands of Databricks customers have adopted Databricks Repos since its public preview and have standardized on it for their development and production workflows. Today, we are happy to announce that Databricks Repos is now generally available.

Databricks Repos was created to solve a persistent problem for data teams: most tools used by data engineering/machine learning practitioners offer poor or no integration with Git version control systems, forcing them to navigate through multiple files, steps and UIs to simply review and commit code. Not only is this time-consuming, but it’s also error-prone.

This has been a bit of a pain point with Databricks in the past, and they’ve come up with this solution. Given that Azure Synapse Analytics has some of the same pain points, I’d expect we’ll see something similar in time.

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Working on Multiple Repos with Azure Data Studio

Deborah Melkin shows off a feature of Azure Data Studio:

If you read my T-SQL Tuesday post from this month, I mentioned that I’ve been using Azure Data Studio on daily basis. One of the things that I find I use it for the most is for Source Control with Git. I’m incredibly surprised by this. Maybe it comes from years of using Management Studio and not being able to check in code from the tool that I’m using to write it. (Or maybe I’ve been able to do that all this time and no one told me…?)

As I’m using it, I found two things that have helped me out. So naturally, I thought I’d share.

Click through for information on how to use multiple repos, as well as a bonus item.

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