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Bradley Ball
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Black Panther is Going to Change Super Hero Movies
Hello Dear Reader!  Sorry it has been so long, I've been blogging over on the MSDN site about technology.  I'll have a Twitter Sentiment update for Black Panther later today with an update on Tuesday for the holiday weekend. Since the early 2000's a trend o...
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Day of Data Science with SQL Server, Azure ML, Spark, Hadoop, and R
Hello Dear Reader!  Next week in Jacksonville, Friday August 11th,  I will be presenting a Day of Data Science: With SQL Server 2016/2017, Azure ML, Spark, Hadoop, & R .  We will also be working in some Power BI, and may even be building something like what...
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Spider-Man Homecoming Twitter Sentiment
Hello Dear Reader!  This past Thursday night I took my son Zachary to see Spider-Man Homecoming, it was an amazing movie with a fantastic cast.  Both of us are BIG comic book guys, and we enjoyed it immensely.  As a matter of fact we both enjoyed it so much...
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Microsoft: 1 Year in, how's it going?
Hello Dear Reader, one year ago today it was leap year, February 29th 2016. So I'm a year older, the big four zero.... 40.  A little wiser?  Maybe. Despite my New Year's resolution to get fatter and work out less, I've lost 21 pounds and I'm working out 3-5...
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How Do I Add an R Package to SQL Server from In-Database R?
Hello Dear Reader!  I'm working on some really fun stuff with in-database R using SQL Server 2016. I needed to add a couple packages to my R engine so I could use them and call them from an R script. I realized I had not added any external packages to my R ...
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The High Availability Conversation Part 1: Introduction
Hello Dear Reader! 
Twitter is a fantastic tool if you use SQL Server.  It is a great way to network, find
presentations, interact with experts, and #SQLHelp offers some of the best
technical forum conversation on the subject. 
I was on Twitter and my frien...
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Optimize For Unknown
Hello Dear Reader!  It's been a while.  I was working with a friend and we came across an interesting problem.  They had a large amount of skewness/data skew.  This led to some performance issues for them.  The way this manifested itself was in a set of que...
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SQL Azure, Hekaton, and Bob Dorr is Awesome
Hello Dear Reader!  I had recently written a blog for the PFE blog, " How Many Tables Can I Have In SQL Azure DB & SQL Server ".   It was a fun blog that I had written during a very long layover when traveling home.  It covers the maximum number of objects ...
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SQL Server Random Workload Generator
Hello Dear Reader! 
Before I start this blog I want to give credit to Jonathan Kehayias
( @SQLPoolBoy | Blog ).  He’s an Microsoft
Data Platform MVP, MCM,  part of the amazing
crew over at SQLSkills , and a really nice guy.   About 4 years ago Jonathan crea...
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SQL Saturday Jacksonville #552 Pre-Con: A Day of DBA Fundamentals- Install- Maintenance plans-and Security
Hello Dear Reader!  I'm here in beautiful Jacksonville FL for the SQL Saturday 552 events!  Today my friend Dan Taylor (@DbaBulldog | Blog) and I are presenting our Pre-con A Day of DBA Fundamentals, Install, Maintenance Plans, and Security. We are having a...
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