Category Archives: Azure

Friendly Reminder: Don’t use platform defaults

tl;dr Don’t use platform defaults as they may not be the same across all machines, especially when sending data in between them. Microsoft has a big warning section in the Encoding.Default property docs about this. The story A few years … Continue reading

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Disappearing Azure Data Lake Files?

tl;dr If you upload files from the Azure Data Lake Explorer in Visual Studio, it will set an expiration time on the uploaded files. That expiration time looks to be about one week from the upload time. Once that time … Continue reading

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U-SQL – Extracting Information From a Column Containing JSON

There are plenty of examples on how to parse JSON files using U-SQL, but what if one of the columns of a TSV contains JSON like this example: ID Name Vehicle 1 Joe “{“”Year””:””2017″”,””Make””:””Ford””,””Model””:””Fusion””}” 2 Bob “{“”Year””:””2016″”,””Make””:””Kia””,””Model””:””Sorento””}” We can adapt … Continue reading

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Using Azure Functions to Replace Cloud Workers

When looking at options for replacing Worker Roles in Azure Cloud Services, more and more, Azure Functions look to fit the bill. I like the idea of just writing code that focuses on what needs to be done and not … Continue reading

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