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Speaking at Data Soup Virtual Summit

On August 14th, I will be speaking at the very first Data Soup Virtual Summit! This is a brand new, virtual conference organized by the wonderful Data Driven duo Frank La Vigne (@Tableteer) and Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard).

Data Soup Virtual Summit Schedule

I will be presenting a new session called Understanding Azure Data Factory: The What, When, and Why. This is an overview session, focused on how Azure Data Factory can fit into larger Business Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning projects. We will look at some cool features in Azure Data Factory, but we will not be diving deep into the technology itself. (If you are more interested in that, check out my Azure Data Factory Deep Dives instead.)

I’m also very much looking forward to attending the other sessions scheduled at this Data Soup Virtual Summit:

Check out the full schedule here :)

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Biml Syntax Highlighting in Visual Studio Code

Do you use Visual Studio Code? If so, I have some cool news for you! The Biml Support extension was released on July 19th, 2019. Once you install it, you can view your Biml files in Visual Studio Code with Biml syntax highlighting. Woohoo!

The Biml Support Extension

The Biml Support extension was created by Zachary Becknell. You can find the source code in his GitHub repository.

To install the extension, search for Biml Support (or even just Biml) under Extensions, then click Install. That’s it! :)

Screenshot of the Biml Support extension in Visual Studio Code

Biml Syntax Highlighting

Please note that you only get syntax highlighting with this extension. You do not get the full Biml or .NET intellisense, the BimlScript preview pane, or the ability to generate SSIS packages from Biml. For those things, you will still need BimlExpress for Visual Studio.

However! If you simply want to view your Biml files in a lightweight editor, the Biml Support extension works beautifully :)

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Speaking at SQLSaturday Oslo 2019

Register for SQLSaturday Oslo 2019 now!

SQLSaturday Oslo 2019 is just around the corner! In exactly one month from now, on August 29th, I will be delivering an Azure Data Factory precon. Two days after that, on August 31st, I will be delivering an Azure Data Factory session. It’s going to be a long but absolutely awesome weekend! This is our sixth SQLSaturday in Oslo, and it will be bigger and better than ever :)

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Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills (DataGrillen 2019 Session Recording)

At DataGrillen 2019, I presented a session called Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills. The wonderful Amanda Debler (@texmandie) was kind enough to record it, yay! :)

The session recording is now available on YouTube, and the slide deck is available on SlideShare.

Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills – Session Recording

Watch the session recording on YouTube:

(As this was an unplanned session recording, we didn’t have any microphones. The sound quality could be better, but I decided to share this video anyway. I hope it can still be useful for others!)

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Azure Data Factory Deep Dives in 2019

I’m very happy and honored to announce that I will be presenting three Azure Data Factory Deep Dives in 2019! Join me at SQLSaturday Oslo on August 29th, Data Saturday Holland on October 4th, or dataMinds Connect on October 7th :)

Improved and New Content

At SQLBits 2019, I co-presented the Azure Data Factory Deep Dive with Jason Horner (@jasonhorner). We received great and actionable feedback from our attendees (thank you!) and have been working on improving the session since then. That includes everything from moving sections around for a better flow, to adding newly released features like Wrangling Data Flows.

Since I will be presenting these deep dives alone, I have also made some additional changes. Without an experienced trainer like Jason by my side, I’m not entirely confident running hands-on labs during the day. Instead, I will be focusing on delivering the best and most updated content I can, and let attendees work through labs on their own :)

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