Throughout the week, I read a lot of blog-posts, articles, and so forth, that has to do with things that interest me:

  • data science
  • data in general
  • distributed computing
  • SQL Server
  • transactions (both db as well as non db)
  • and other “stuff”

This blog-post is the “roundup” of the things that have been most interesting to me, for the week just ending.


Distributed Computing

Databases / Storage

  • Mind Your State for Your State of Mind. A paper by Pat Helland, where Pat explores the evolution of computation from a single process to microservices, the evolution of storage from files to key-value, and how they interact. Just as a side-note, you should read anything by Pat. He certainly knows what he is talking about!



Data Science

SQL Server Machine Learning Services

The third post in the Install R Packages in SQL Server ML Services series, which I promised a couple of weeks ago would soon be finished has to wait a bit. Reason for this is my prep for the upcoming SQL Saturdays.

As usual I present in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban:

Even if you are not interested in the topics I present, please register and come and listen to a lot of interesting talks by some of the industry’s brightest people.


This year I also do precons in Cape Town and Durban on the Friday before the SQL Saturday event. My precons is a day where we talk about SQL Server Machine Learning Services, what it is and what we can do with it. It is in a format so if you want you can bring your laptop and code along as the day progresses.

The precon is not free, but hey …

Even though the titles of the precons are different, I cover the same material.

~ Finally

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoy what I did put together. If you have ideas for what to cover, please comment on this post or ping me.

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