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My name is Kamil Nowinski and I'm the founder & owner of SQLPlayer blog. I'm Microsoft Data Platform MVP, MCSE. Senior Data Engineer, data geek and friend of Redgate. I speak at user groups and conferences across Europe. Love #SQLfamily and Community around Microsoft Data Platform - that's why my podcast is called "Ask SQL Family" where I talk to well-known and valued specialists in the industry (including Microsoft employees).

ASF 019 video invitation

Check how many bicycles he has got at home and where was the destination of last year of a 400 km trip? Which tool among Azure is the closest to his soul? What exactly is hiding behind the term “Modern Data Warehouse”? When Azure Data Factory (Mapping) Data Flow will… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 15 February 2019

Last Week Reading (2019-02-10)

Hello Data Folks! It has been a very fast week and an extensive weekend whilst I have been at SQL Saturday in Krakow, Poland. I did not submit any subject this time, so I turned on a relax-attendee-mode meeting with all friends and learning new stuff over there. More about… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 11 February 2019

Last Week Reading (2019-02-03)

Press Webinar Follow-Up: Top 4 Data Technology Trends for DBAs in 2019 Very interesting discussion panel led by Kevin Kline from SentryOne with his guests: Mark Allison, David Klee, and Chrissy LeMaire) Announcing the general availability of Query Store for Azure SQL Data Warehouse Just turn it on for your… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 3 February 2019

Last Week Reading (2019-01-27)

Hello guys, a few internet posts that you might find interested. Press Azure SQL Analytics—Automating Deployment Apparently, it wasn’t an easy piece of work as Joey D’Antoni has thought. Generating Reports Using Word Documents And Flow You can test that trick because Microsoft Word template has been released and Chris… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 27 January 2019

ASF 018: Mladen Prajdic interview

Introduction Mladen Prajdic is a Data Platform MVP from Slovenia. He’s been professionally programming for over 15 years, developing di?erent types of applications in .Net (C#) and SQL Server, ranging from standard line-of-business, image-processing applications to high performance and IoT applications. He’s a regular speaker at various conferences and user-group… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 25 January 2019

17 months of podcasting – recap

Before I publish the next episode of “Ask SQL Family” podcast, I would like to stop and look back for a while. Any time is good for that kind of summarize, but New Year especially. As I mentioned in that post recently, the podcast is not the most popular category… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 23 January 2019

Last Week Reading (2019-01-20)

Hello folks! Good morning on Monday morning and let’s go through some interesting news from the #data world. Press Using Docker to run Integration Tests for dbachecks This time, my friend Rob (T) presents how to run Unit Tests and Integration tests against multiple versions of SQL Server. All things… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 20 January 2019

Last Week Reading (2019-01-13)

Good morning chaps! Bunch of news from the world of data freshly served. Press Office Hours 2019/1/2 (With Transcriptions) The last episode. Personally, I’m sad, but waiting for new ideas from Brent (T). Easily embed secure Power BI reports in your internal portals or websites Embed securely in internal applications… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 13 January 2019

ASF 018 video invitation

What popular tool has he created in 2006?

What popular tool has he created in 2006? How many people do live in our guest’s country? What can give you a valuable perspective? New podcast episode is coming (next Friday) and in the meantime, you can watch that episode’s trailer. Simply… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 11 January 2019

Store sensitive information with Azure Key Vault

Azure Key Vault is a service which allows you to keep and manage passwords, certificates and other sensitive information securely. Out of the box we have capabilities to manage permissions having full control of who’ve got access to a particular type of information. We can keep and securely manage 3… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 9 January 2019

Last Week Reading (2019-01-06)

Good morning chaps! Bunch of news from data’s world freshly served. Press Introduction to Testing Your PowerShell Code with Pester Robert Cain introduces us Pester for making tests. 9 popular ways to perform Data Visualization in Python Read this post if you interested in building charts with Python. New automated… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 6 January 2019

The most-read posts in 2018

Good morning #sqlfamily folks! The very first post in the new year 2019. Tell me: when this time passed??? The year 2018 has just gone. From the blog perspective, it was the first, full year of posting. It’s about time to wrap up the statistics of the year. I mean…… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 1 January 2019

Some pictures from 2017’s events

The 2018 year is coming to the end. It’s a good time to review the passing year and… check whether you put on the blog all events pictures you have promised. And start checking it since 2017… I found out that I have some gaps in terms of pictures and… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 26 December 2018

Last Week Reading (2018-12-23)

The Christmas is coming. But before we start the festive time and sit down to the Christmas Eve dinner – a few articles to feed up our brains (before we feed up our tummies). Merry Christmas to everyone! Kamil Press Comparison Review: Microsoft SSDT vs Redgate SQL Source Control Interested… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 23 December 2018

Last week reading (2018-12-16)

Hello data geeks. Last week we had many news about Cosmos DB, and this time the top topics are Power BI, Python, Azure Functions and ADF. We have new sections starting from today including Video and Smile Corner. Have a good Monday and entire week! Kamil Press Announcing new AI… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 16 December 2018

ASF 017: Alex Whittles interview

Introduction Alex Whittles is the owner and principle consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy in the UK with multinational clients in a variety of sectors. He specialises in all aspects of dimensional data modelling, data warehousing, ETL and cubes using the SQL Server stack.Alex has an… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 14 December 2018

ASF 017 video invitation

What wasn’t really designed for people of guest’s stature? From who his every good decision does come from? New podcast episode is coming (next Friday) and in the meantime you can watch trailer. Simply click PLAY button above or move to the YouTube: https://youtu.be/hbs01wbEcHI Enjoy!

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 7 December 2018

Speaking at SQL Saturday #782 Slovenia

In coming weekend I will be speaking at SQL Saturday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I’m extra happy because I do it again, third time in a row. If you’ve been there you already know that it special event. Not only because its the last SQL Saturday in a year in Europe,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 6 December 2018

Azure Data Factory v2 and its available components in Data Flows

Many of you (including me) wonder about it. Namely: Is it possible to move my ETL process from SSIS to ADF? How can I reflect current SSIS Data Flow business logic in Azure Data Factory? And turned out that new feature in ADF: Data Flow – comes with help. Furthermore,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 5 December 2018

Last week reading (2018-12-02)

Hello folks, This is a quick roundup of Internet posts from last week. Have a good reading! Create and configure a self-hosted integration runtime This solution allows you integrate your Azure environments with on-premises (or VM) machines. Understanding log buffer flushes Itzik Ben-Gan (T) explains what techniques worth to use… Read more

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Posted in SQL Player Blog on 2 December 2018

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