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Advanced Smoke Testing with PhantomJS

Recently I found myself wanting a new kind of safety net. There are any number of surprise problems that can show up in front-end development, from mistyped image URLs to bad output when the minification script barfs to the unexpected surprises after adding new dependencies. As an application scales from smaller to larger, it becomes […]

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Web API 2 – don’t get caught with your parameters down

Hi, A quick post for anyone else who has been literally dying from a lack of sleep trying to workout something that should be fairly simple. Quick background:  I got interested in Web API after I decided to build a friend a simple booking website driven by HTML5, jquery and originally an ASP.NET/c# .NET 4 […]

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Overview of Published Articles – 2015Q2

Here is an overview of the articles I published in the secondt quarter of 2015. INTENSE SCHOOL Book Review: Query Tuning & Optimization by Benjamin Nevarez MSSQLTIPS I’ve been busy writing tips! Purging Entity Members in SQL Server Master Data Services Using the Transaction History in SQL Server Master Data Services Introduction to Power Query for […]

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Doing a Full Outer Join in Power Query

A while back a give a session at the element61 Microsoft Business Analytics Day, a free event where the capabilities of  the Microsoft BI platform is demonstrated alongside client testimonials. I gave a session called “Drilling across Analysis Services cubes using Power Query”, which talked about how you can use Power Query to do a […]

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Speaking at ITPROceed 2015

This year I have the opportunity again to speak at ITPROceed, the biggest (Microsoft-related) conference in Belgium for the IT professional. The conference takes place the 11th of June at Utopolis Mechelen. My session is situated in the Data Platform & Internet of Things track and is titled Demystifying Power BI. Basically it introduces the full Power […]

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Overview of the data visualization books by Stephen Few

I recently finished the book Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis by Stephen Few of Perceptual Edge. Stephen Few is a data visualization guru and his books about designed visualizations has changed my career in BI and how I develop reports and dashboards. Few currently has three books published (with a […]

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(Very) Poor Man’s Infinite Scroll using angular-inview

I’ve been working on an angular app that allows users to manipulate a very large dataset in memory, using various options to filter what is shown at any given time. For one particular “view” into the data there were still over 4000 items (each needing 2-way binding), which is well beyond the point that angular’s […]

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Bundling with the RequireJS Optimizer

When we build sites using an AMD library like RequireJS, we will have a long list of files that need to be downloaded when someone uses the site. More files means more trips to the server and more download time. Minifying files and using gzip can speed up the download times, but neither affects the […]

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Overview of Published Articles – 2014Q4

Here is an overview of the articles I published in the last quarter of 2014. INTENSE SCHOOL MCSE Prep: Overview of T-SQL Windowing Functions Part 1 MCSE Prep: Overview of T-SQL Windowing Functions Part 2 The third and final part of this series will probably be published this month, so keep an eye on the site […]

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Formatting Durations in SSAS: Caveat

I recently published an article on MSSQLTips.com titled Format Durations in SQL Server Analysis Services. For those who haven’t read it I’ll summarize it quickly: it explains how to create an MDX formula that formats durations into an [hh]:mm:ss format, where [hh] can go over 24 hours. For more detailed information, please check out the […]

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