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Born SQL with Randolph West

Randolph West solves technology problems with a focus on SQL Server and C#. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP who has worked with SQL Server since the late 1990s. When not consulting, he can be seen acting on the stage and screen or doing voices for independent video games.

Archives: July 2018

Repair SQL Server on Linux after an Ubuntu distribution upgrade

SQL Server 2017 is supported on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Long-Term Support), however that version of Ubuntu Linux is now more than two years old, so you may be tempted to update Ubuntu to a more modern release such as Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Unfortunately (as of this writing), SQL… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 25 July 2018

Data lakes and swamps, oh my

I was lamenting to my friend and fellow MVP Shamir Charania (blog | Twitter) that I didn’t have a topic for this week’s blog post, so he and his colleague suggested I write about data lakes, and specifically Azure Data Lake. What is a data lake? This is what Wikipedia… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 18 July 2018

Performance as a feature, software developer edition

Relational database management systems (RDBMS) like SQL Server and Azure SQL Database are very good at managing normalized data. Efficient storage and retrieval of data is the name of the game, so performance is a feature. That’s why SQL Server (and other RDBMS products in the market) keep as much… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 11 July 2018

Community recognition

On the first day of January 2017, I was honoured to receive an email naming me as a Microsoft MVP in the Data Platform category. In the previous couple of months leading up to that, I had been contacted by Microsoft about the process, based primarily on this very blog… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 4 July 2018