Archive: July 2022

  • Query Store Forced Plan Failures

    Query Store is a fantastic feature of both SQL Server and Azure SQL DB. It allows you to monitor how queries execute against the database which is invaluable for troubleshooting performance issues. More than that though, it gives you the option to force an erratic query to use a particular execution plan, this helps avoid queries from running with inefficient plans and provides predictability and stability on the server. Here we can see an…

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  • Part 1: Web Scraping and Natural Language Processing- Web Scraping

    In this multi blog series I will go through what web scraping is, what Natural Language processing is as a general term as well as diving into some constituent techniques we are interested in; key word extraction, sentiment analysis and its derivative opinion mining. The last few parts will then go through a coded example of scraping the popular review site Trust pilot for reviews of the popular supermarket chain ‘Lidl’. We will then…

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  • ADF breaking out of a ForEach activity

    Currently, the ForEach activity in ADF (or Synapse) does not break out when an inner activity fails. There are several ways you can force the ForEach to break out, the most common is to cancel the pipeline run when an inner activity fails and there are already many blogs out there that cover this. My requirement is slightly different and that is what I will show here. Consider a scenario where you have a ForEach activity which has multiple inner…

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  • Upload Power BI Reports using PowerShell

    In this blog post, I will be sharing a PowerShell script that allows multiple Power BI reports to be uploaded at once. In a previous blogpost, I shared a PowerShell script that allowed users to downloaded multiple Power BI reports. Combined you could move several reports from one workspace to another in a few seconds. The script is downloadable at the bottom of the page as a txt file. To use the script there are three steps to take. The first…

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