Solving A Problem With Kafka

Today, we're going to look at the specific problem I want to solve using Kafka. The Data I am going to use flight data because it is copious and free.  Specifically, I'm going to look at data from 2008, giving me approximately 7 million data points. The Question Given this data, I'd like to ask a…

What Is Kafka?

I'm working on a new talk entitled Kafka for .NET Developers, which I plan to make part of my 2017 rotation.  I'm going to give this talk first at the Triangle Area .NET User Group's Data SIG on October 19th, so it's about time I got started on this... Who Is Your Broker And What Does…

Polybase And HDP 2.5

UPDATE, 2019-09-04:  Thanks to Christopher Conrad, whose comment below helped me figure out how to get this working.  I have instructions for the HDP 2.6.5 and later sandbox available on a new blog post. I didn't want the next post in my Polybase series to be such a downer, but here goes: tl;dr version:  It…

October Presentations

After a busy summer, October is slowing down a bit on the speaking front.  As of right now, I have only three presentations lined up: SQL Saturday Pittsburgh was October 1st.  I gave my talk on integrating Hadoop with SQL Server. SQL Saturday Orlando is October 8th.  I will be giving my talk on R for…