The busy data scientist’s guide to managing Azure Data Lake Store in R

R and ADLS

Earlier this year (2017), my Microsoft colleague Ramkumar Chandrasekaran published a blog post about performing Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS) file system operations using the R language. After working through that for a recent project, I decided to write a detailed, step-by-step walk-through of getting this running, including the required Azure configuration steps.   Who is this … Continue reading The busy data scientist’s guide to managing Azure Data Lake Store in R

Azure CDN: overview and dynamic content

Azure CDN

What is the Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN)? The Azure CDN offers a global solution for delivering content to web browsers with minimal latency by caching publicly available assets such as image, CSS, or script files at geo-dispersed edge nodes. Web pages refer to assets (such as image files) by their CDN URLs. Referring to … Continue reading Azure CDN: overview and dynamic content

Get started with Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB

SQL Dynamic Data Masking

Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) is a new security feature in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB. The main documentation is here (also see link under Resources at end). This post is a quick how-to intro to DDM, including applying it in a database and managing which principals see masked or unmasked data. I'll also … Continue reading Get started with Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB