Springer + Apress have a huge sale going on between now and Monday, December 2nd. You can get computer science ebooks for just $7 using the discount code CYBERWEEK19 on the Springer website.
This includes PolyBase Revealed, scheduled for release in January. List price for the ebook is $19.99 and $27.99 for the softcover version, so this is a huge discount. You should probably buy a few dozen copies of it as a result, as this will make a great Valentine’s Day gift, I promise.
Episode 180 is now out for all to hear, so give it a listen.
Since then, there have been a couple modifications to PolyBase functionality, but the episode stands up well.
While you’re at it, you can pre-order PolyBase Revealed if you are so inclined. According to Amazon (and my secret connections at APress), it should ship sometime in late January, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Or something like that.
With SQL Server 2019 having been released this week, I’ve shifted my presentation to focus more on 2019 than prior versions, especially around package installation and management. But there’s still plenty of information for people running 2016 and 2017.
I’ve been working on this for a little while now, but I finally decided to flip over the Catallaxy Services website to its new design today.
The old design was something I came up with about seven years ago and it definitely showed its age. In particular, it had a crummy mobile experience, with different font sizes, needing to pinch-scroll to see anything, and other dodgy bits.
I like the new website a lot better. Granted, if I didn’t like it as much, I wouldn’t have made the switch, but there are a few things I want to point out.
I do a lot of stuff, and it’s nice to be able to sort out most of those things in one location. That’s the Resources section.
I also broke out resources by section, so if you want an overview of my community resources, you can click the button to show just those resources. Or if you want to give me money in exchange for goods and/or services, I have a “Paid Resources” section too.
I wanted to make sure not only that the site would work on a phone, but that it looked good on a phone. When I present, this will often be the first way people check out my site, so I want it to be a good experience.
I’m still working on this, but one of the things about the old site which made it fast but boring is that it was entirely textual. There were no images. Now, there are images on pretty much every page. I want to see what I can do to improve things a bit more, but it’s a start.
Like the Resources section, you can see a list of presentations and also filter by topic.
For each presentation, I have the same contents that I had before: abstract, slides, demo code, additional media, and links/resources. I’ve shuffled things around a bit so that it looks reasonably good on a wide-screen monitor but also works on a phone or tablet. Here’s a presentation where everything’s nice and filled out. For other talks, where not everything is filled out, I at least have sensible defaults.
Something I didn’t do a great job of calling out before was availability for consulting and paid services. With the new site, I emphasize this in a few ways, whether that’s consulting, paid training (though actual paid training is forthcoming), or books + third-party offerings like PolyBase Revealed.
I have a few more things around the site, namely around custom training, which I intend to work on during the winter. I also have a couple of smaller ideas which I plan to implement over the next several days, but won’t call them out specifically. For now, though, I think this is a pretty good start.
I intend to revise this talk a little bit and focus a little more on Databricks. Having spent a lot of time in Azure Databricks this summer, I think I’m going to include a bit more in Databricks and less in self-run Spark than before.