Brave New World

For the past three years, I've worked as a Database Engineer---in other words, as a database developer---at ChannelAdvisor.  2 1/2 years of that time was spent working in the digital marketing space.  Coming into this job, I had worked at small-scale organizations:  the smallest cabinet-level department in Ohio, followed by a relatively small subsidiary of a large insurance…

New Talks For 2017

2017 is just around the corner, and my intent is to revamp my presentation lineup for the new year.  Here is a quick look at how my presentation lineup looks for 2017, given the proviso that by August, the lineup will probably change. Headline Talks These are the talks I lead with.  They're fun and fit…

Inserting Into Hadoop

See the entire Polybase series. Today, we are going to explore inserting data into a Hadoop cluster using Polybase.  As always, I am using a Hortonworks sandbox, but as long as you are using a supported distribution, that's not particularly relevant. Step One:  Configuration The first thing we need to do is enable data modification using…

Speaking: 2016 In Review

This has been a busy year for me as a speaker.  With my last public talk in the books, I get to take a few weeks of rest and preparation for next year.  Now, let's see how close I got to my 2016 goals.  For reference, here's how things looked on May 30th. Here are…

Hall of Fame Coverage

I deeply apologize to you, dear readers. I have been quite busy with other projects and have failed you. We have two Hall of Fame ballots to discuss for baseball and I haven't talked about either one! Shall we? Yes, I believe we shall! Author's note: They went and elected people to the HOF while this article was…