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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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Continuous Javascript Test Execution with WallabyJS

After working with NCrunch building and running tests in the background for the last several years, it feels like something is broken when I have to wait for test results or push a button to start running them. JavaScript runners just didn’t feel like they provided the same level of development feedback, whether they were […]

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Stop Manually Updating Your Jasmine SpecRunner

I’ve used a number of test frameworks and runners over the years, but my first club out of the bag is still running a SpecRunner file in the browser, with all of the dev tools and console output I’m used to from normal debugging sessions. The painful bit has always been manually keeping the SpecRunner […]

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I’m talking SQL Server, Azure, and Extended Events at SQLintersection

I’ll be in Las Vegas October 24-28, 2016 for SQLintersection, part of the DEVintersection conference series! Why attend DEVintersection? It “brings your favorite Microsoft leaders, engineers and industry experts together to educate, network, and share their expertise with you. Just this year, ASP.NET Core, SQL Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, Windows 10 and SharePoint 2016 […]

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Learn more about Azure + SQL Server at SQLSaturday Minnesota

I’m excited to cross the Mississippi River again this autumn to present at SQLSaturday #557 Minnesota 2016. First, I’ll be giving a full-day pre-conference session, “Get Started With SQL Server in Azure”, on Friday, September 30. Tickets are only $110, include lunch, and you’ll get to hear me talk about What you need to know about […]

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Announcing SQL Saturday Minnesota #557 Pre-Conference Seminars!

Before we know it, October will be upon us and it will be time for another SQL Saturday Minnesota!  If you have not yet registered for this free day of training on Saturday October 1st, please visit the site and sign up now! Since no SQL Saturday Minnesota would be complete without a full slate of pre-cons, PASSMN and the organizers of SQL […]

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Help me kick off Wausau PASS!

When I started attending Wisconsin SQL Server Users Group in 2009, that was the only PASS chapter in Wisconsin. Since then, we’ve expanded to include MADPASS, FoxPASS, Western WI PASS, and Microsoft BI Professionals – WI. These chapters have provided hundreds of hours of free training for hundreds of data professionals in the last few […]

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The Standing Desk

I hear that, “Sitting is the new smoking.” We’re supposed to stand more often, walk more often, move more often. I’m an active person (running and biking regularly) – but not while working. After using the same basic desk (not designed for office work) for several years, I decided to purchase a desk meant for […]

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