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SQL Server in Windows Containers

SQL Server is sinds versie 2017 niet meer voorbehouden aan standaard Windows-installaties: ook op Linux-omgevingen en Mac OS kun je SQL Server draaien – en de standaardwijze is om dit binnen een Docker container te doen. Wist je dat je SQL Server ook binnen een Windows container kunt draaien? Andy Leonard heeft op zijn blog beschreven[...]
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3 Important Lessons about Test Automation in Business Intelligence

As you might know, I’m keeping an eye on how I can automate my Data Warehousing testing. In “Automated Testing for the Data Warehouse” my observation was In essence, testing a Data Warehouse isn’t that complex It turns out I’m not the only one thinking about this (really? ūüėČ ). Some time ago¬†I listened to[...]
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VSTS Continuous MSBuild for DWH / BI

Wait, didn’t I post this already several weeks ago? Well, almost. A few weeks ago, I showed how to set up a build agent using devenv.com. Unfortunately, I ran into some problems like failing builds not reporting failure and SSAS Tabular projects not building correctly[ref]There’s also some mentions about SSDT 2015 projects not being supported,[...]
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VSTS Continuous Build for DWH / BI

In my earlier post “Automated Deployments using Visual Studio” I metioned that the method described was a workaround because I hadn’t figured out how to do a continuous build in VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) yet. With hindsight, that workaround was not really needed: VSTS build turns out to be s√≥ easy, that it’s ridiculous[...]
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Automated Deployments using Visual Studio

In my earlier post “Automated Testing for¬†the Data Warehouse“, I sketched the outlines of¬†what would be needed in order to achieve¬†automated testing for your Data Warehouse solutions. Today, I want to look at the first step: build & deploy. Between the previous post and the current one, some¬†useful content about this has been written already[...]
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Automated Testing for the Data Warehouse

Case: we’ve integrated two sources of customers. We want to add a third source. Q: How do we¬†at the same time¬†know that our¬†current integration and solutions will continue to work while at the same time¬†integrating the new sources? A:¬†Test it. Q: How do we get faster deployments and more stability? A: Automate the tests, so[...]
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Calculating commute distance using SSIS and the GoogleMaps API

Last week, I had an interesting question from one of my clients about estimates of planned commute distances. For example: What is the distance I travel when I, living at Kalverstraat 7 (Amsterdam) commute five days a week to my customer in Paris (1, rue Victor Cousin)? By the way: it should be calculated for all employees, for[...]
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Unexpected SSIS Precedence Constraints Behaviour

In one of my projects, I had two simultaneous sequence containers. One is executed always, and one only rarely. So I decided to control the Task Flow with a package parameter. As soon as there was task I needed to do once all paths were completed, I ran into SSIS behaviour that was (to me) unexpected.
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