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Adapting Images to Websites

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:20:51 +0000

Creating web pages with images that look good on all devices and screen sizes is not an easy task. Dino Esposito describes how to manually prepare images and explains the currently available technology for automatic resizing.…

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My Next Phone Should be a Communicator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:32:27 +0000

If you are a fan of the many Star Trek television series and movies, you may have noticed how easily the characters communicate with other crew members and the ships’ computers. Their devices work flawlessly unless the current plot requires that they malfunction, are blocked, or are stolen. While the communication devices we use on …

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Pivot Rotation and Matrix Transpose in SQL Server: A New Method?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:04:12 +0000

The question often comes up: how do you pivot data in SQL Server? In looking closer at the question, there are two similar effects that are wanted. One is the equivalent to a pivot table in Excel, the other is a matrix transposition, where a table is simply rotated, as if it were an array, …

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Troubleshooting Failed PolyBase Installation in SQL Server 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:45:47 +0000

This article shows you how to troubleshoot a failed installation of SQL Server and how to implement a workaround to allow SQL Server 2017’s PolyBase feature to be installed when version 9 of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is present. An installation of all features in SQL Server 2017 has three external dependencies. Python, R, …

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SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

In this book Kalen Delaney introduces and explains how the 2016 In-Memory OLTP engine works. The Hekaton internals knowledge offered in this book will help you migrate existing tables or databases to Hekaton, and get faster performance from your SQL Server applications than you ever thought possible.…

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Fixing Those Broken Windows: Dealing with Technical Debt

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:07:54 +0000

Problems that are not addressed up front are harder and more expensive to fix later. This is true for just about anything, but especially so for software. In this article, Pawel Lukasik explains technical debt and describes three tools that can help your team find issues in code while they are still easy to correct.…

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Questions about Data Masking That You Were Too Shy to Ask

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:58:06 +0000

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in effect in May of 2018. Data masking is one technique that can help your organization comply with this and other regulations. William Brewer answers those questions about data masking that you were too shy to ask.…

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SQL Server Machine Learning Services – Part 1: Python Basics

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:04:19 +0000

Python is a very popular language used for many purposes including machine learning. SQL Server 2017 supports Python with its Machine Learning Services component. Robert Sheldon explains how to get started using Python in SQL Server in the first article of this series.…

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Follow Your Passion…Or Not

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:44:38 +0000

Depending on what you read, you will find advice to ‘follow your passion’ and, alternatively, ‘don’t follow your passion’. The former assumes you will be able to turn an interest into a career if you just love it enough to do what it takes to make it happen. The latter recommends that you should find …

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PowerShell Functions for Reusability and Restartability in Azure

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:24:21 +0000

The key to efficient development is reusability. When developing scripts for administration, being able to restart a script where it left off is also important. Robert Cain shows you how to write functions in PowerShell that have these two qualities for administering Azure.…

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