Just For Fun

  • Team Visit to Alton Towers!

    Today, Team Purple Frog hopped on a different kind of ride – a whirlwind trip to Alton Towers! We traded spreadsheets for scream machines and water flumes, all in the name of team bonding. But before you think it was all just thrills and spills (although there were plenty of those!), let’s delve into why work trips like this are so important. In today’s fast-paced work environment, it’s easy to get bogged down in emails,…

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  • Fabric’s 1st Birthday at Bristol User Group!

    Last week, Laura embarked on an inspiring journey to Bristol to deliver a highly anticipated talk celebrating the first year of Microsoft Fabric. The event drew a diverse crowd of tech enthusiasts, industry professionals, and community members eager to reflect on Fabric’s journey and future. Laura’s presentation was an insightful look at the evolution of Fabric, from its Day 1 release to the latest developments following FabCon and…

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  • Behind the Scenes: My Perspective as a Speaker at SQLBits

    Behind the Scenes My Perspective as a Speaker at SQLBits

    SQLBits, the renowned conference for data professionals, brought together a diverse range of speakers this year, including four from Purple Frog Systems: myself, Lewis, Hollie, and Alex. Each of us tackled a variety of sessions, contributing our unique perspectives to the event. I spoke on two topics, both in the non-technical category about blogging and why it’s important to be creative in technical roles. First-time speaker nerves……

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  • STEM Workshop at Burton Borough School

    STEM Workshop at Burton Borough School

    Last week, Burton Borough School welcomed Lewis, our ML Developer and a passionate advocate for science and technology, to lead an engaging STEM workshop. Lewis’ visit was a significant opportunity for the students to explore the fascinating world of data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). With interactive discussions and thought-provoking insights, we believe Lewis left a lasting impression on the budding minds at…

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  • How are you doing? No really?

    Something that we at Purple Frog take very seriously is the mental health and well-being of the staff. The emphasis is very much on helping each other as a team. We all rely on each other in different ways and for different things which means we all need to keep an eye on and an eye out for each other. Various factors in the workplace can cause stress or increase the risk of developing or worsening existing mental health problems. These include…

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  • How to add text to images using Python

    In this blog post, I will be showing how to add text to an image in Python. I used this code to generate hundreds of images with different text for one of our clients. The full script is downloadable at the bottom with the required extras. Firstly, install the Python library Pillow. Pillow is a PIL fork, install Pillow using pip and import PIL into the Python script.           In Python, select the image that you would…

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  • Using ChatGPT as a Development Tool

    As a developer, you are always looking for ways to streamline your workflow and improve efficiency. One tool that you should consider adding to your development toolkit is ChatGPT. What is ChatGPT? ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI that uses the power of machine learning to understand and generate human-like text. It is trained on a large dataset of human conversations, which allows it to understand the context and nuances of language,…

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  • Community Speaking Analysis with Power BI

    Just a short post. During the SQL Saturday Cambridge speaker meal on Saturday night I was chatting with various people at the dinner table. During this time I got asked the question by an event sponsor “do you speak at many of these things?”. While the general answer I gave at the time was yes. It occurred to me that I didn’t have any accurate means of answering the question with some richer detail. Being a data/business…

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  • Azure Business Intelligence – The Icon Game!

    As Azure becomes the new normal for many organisations our architecture diagrams become ever more complicated. Articulating our designs/data flows to management or technical audiences therefore requires a new group of cloud service icons in our pretty pictures. Especially for hybrid solutions. Sadly those icons aren’t yet that familiar for most. So, here’s a very simple blog post to help you recognise what’s in the Azure stack from a…

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  • Wearing Four Hats at SQLBits 2017

    I know there are lots of great blog posts already out there from great people sharing their experiences from SQLBits. However, I hope none of them can offer an account quite as unique as mine from this years event. Why? Well, most people go to SQLBits as attendee’s to learn, network and socialise. This certainly applies to me. But ‘attendee’ was just 1 of my 4 hats (roles) at SQLBits 2017. In this post I’d like to…

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