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Transactional Replication from Availability Groups to Azure SQL Database: Part 1 – Planning

Throughout the last few years, I’ve worked with SQL Server Availability Groups, Transactional Replication, and Azure SQL Databases. Recently, I had the challenge and opportunity to work on a project that involved all three at the same time. The goal was to take six databases that were in a SQL Server 2012 Availability Group and […]

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A Custom Jasmine Runner to find my slowest Specs

I’ve been playing around lately with a pure command-line Jasmine runner that doesn’t rely on a SpecRunner file to run tests. I work daily with a largish application that is well over 100K lines of front-end code and greater than 7000 front-end tests. Over time as the codebase and test count has grown, our Continuous […]

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CSV file to API using Azure Functions (CSVaaS)

We’re living in the future. During a conversational aside the other day, the CEO recounted a story of someone he met that was willing to throw money at a product to make it easy to save an excel file and have it surface as an API. A few years ago that was server provisioning and […]

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Automated Keyword Extraction – TF-IDF, RAKE, and TextRank

After initially playing around with text processing in my prior post, I added an additional algorithm and cleaned up the logic to make it easier to perform test runs and reuse later. I tweaked the RAKE algorithm implementation and added TextRank into the mix, with full sample code and links to sources available. I’m also […]

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Python 3.5+: Unicode output for Windows Console

I’ve tripped over this on 2 machines now and end up at the same out of date StackOverflow post, so maybe this will help someone else. Python 3.5, not 3.6, I had that wrong initially 🙂 Situation When you try to print a string with a Unicode character to the console on Windows in Python, […]

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Running Nunit tests from your code

How to run tests in your VB.Net script, and if you ask nicely I’m sure this works in C# too.

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T-SQL Tuesday #84: Growing New Speakers – Dealing with Failure

I’m joining this month’s #tsql2sday blog party as Andy Yun (blog | Twitter) has asked speakers to provide advice to new presenters. I’ve been presenting technical content for several years, and I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done for my career. It’s forced me to learn new things, given me self-confidence, and […]

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To Build Automatic Bookmarking – Unsupervised Text Classification

I’ve been bookmarking all of my online reading for the past 7 years and recently started thinking about using that dataset to dig into trends in my past reading and potentially build a model to start scoring content I haven’t read yet. Even though I have manual keywords for each entry, I decided to look […]

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A Communications Hack for Helpful Ideas

You’re taking a break from the two week project and bump into Joe at the coffee machine. He’s a little frazzled and starts telling you about this little task he took on Monday that is kicking his butt. While he’s explaining you realize he might have missed a simpler answer, so you ask him if […]

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Easier Boundary Testing: Keep Parse/Validation/Format rules out of your HTML View

In a typical single-page application, type and validation logic is entered in the HTML view and we rely on our binding framework or a validation library to layer this behavior onto the form. There are trade-offs to this approach, which are mostly negative as you get into larger, longer-lived applications. When we embed validation rules […]

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