Best Practices for Implementing Azure Data Factory – Auto Checker Script v0.1

Building on the work done and detailed in my previous blog post (Best Practices for Implementing Azure Data Factory) I was tasked by my delightful boss to turn this content into a simple check list of what/why that others could use.... I slightly reluctantly did so. However, I wanted to do something better than simply … Continue reading Best Practices for Implementing Azure Data Factory – Auto Checker Script v0.1

An Idea for Self Service Using Azure Synapse Analytics

I've been playing around with Azure Synapse Analytics for a while now exploring the preview features and trying to find a meaningful use case for the 'single pane of glass' capabilities. In this post I'm exploring one possible option/idea for creating a very simple self service approach to dataset ingestion and consumption. Full disclosure, the … Continue reading An Idea for Self Service Using Azure Synapse Analytics

Spark Data Frame Infer Schema vs Data Factory Get Metadata Activity

Here's a quick bit of information I thought was worth sharing... For file types that don't contain there own metadata (CSV, Text etc) we typically have to go and figure out there structure including; attributes and data types before doing any actual transformation work. Often I've used the Data Factory Metadata Activity to do this … Continue reading Spark Data Frame Infer Schema vs Data Factory Get Metadata Activity

Capturing YouTube Video Views with Azure Data Factory

As a result of the pandemic like many other community speakers I've taken to YouTube as the current method for sharing knowledge and content. Recording video's isn't as much fun as speaking at a physical event, but it partially ticks the box. Plus, my daughter thinks its "cool" that I have a YouTube channel, so … Continue reading Capturing YouTube Video Views with Azure Data Factory

Using the PowerShell Module ‘azure.datafactory.tools’ to Deploy ADF.procfwk

From my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mrpaulandrew Special guest Kamil Nowinski talks about how you can use his PowerShell Module 'azure.datafactory.tools' to deploy Azure Data Factory with ease and in a highly flexible way. Kamil kindly helped me simplify the deployment steps needed for publishing my ADF.procfwk Data Factory pipelines via PowerShell and using his Azure DevOps … Continue reading Using the PowerShell Module ‘azure.datafactory.tools’ to Deploy ADF.procfwk

Using NUnit to Automate the Testing of Azure Data Factory Pipelines

From my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mrpaulandrew Special guest Richard Swinbank talks about how you can use an NUnit project in Visual Studio to automate the testing of Data Factory pipelines. Richard kindly helped me apply this and test the pipelines in the ADF.procfwk to ensure post release everything still works in the open source code project. … Continue reading Using NUnit to Automate the Testing of Azure Data Factory Pipelines

When Should I Use Multiple Azure Data Factory’s?

Hi all, I get asked this question a lot. So I decided to do a full post on the subject based on my current thoughts and experience. When should I use multiple Azure Data Factory's? The consultants answer, it depends πŸ˜‰ Ok, let's go deeper and explore why it depends! Also, to be clear, we … Continue reading When Should I Use Multiple Azure Data Factory’s?

Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Activity Error Details with Azure Functions

A quick blog friends... I've done a few different thing now with Azure Functions and Azure Data Factory (ADF). They are definitely two of my favourite Azure Resources. In previous post I've: Executed Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline with an Azure Function Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Run Status with Azure Functions Building on … Continue reading Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Activity Error Details with Azure Functions

ADF.procfwk v1.3 – Metadata Integrity Checks

Code Project Overview This open source code project delivers a simple metadata driven processing framework for Azure Data Factory (ADF). The framework is delivered by coupling ADF with an Azure SQL Database that houses execution stage and pipeline information that is later called using an Azure Functions App. The parent/child metadata structure firstly allows stages … Continue reading ADF.procfwk v1.3 – Metadata Integrity Checks

First Time Playing with Spark.Net on Azure Synapse Analytics

Exciting times friends, today (25th March) the lovely people at Microsoft granted me access to the private preview MVP workspace for Azure Synapse Analytics πŸ˜€ In this quick blog I wanted to share my experience so far, which I'm basically writing as I'm playing around... https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/synapse-analytics/ The main reason I wanted access to Synapse is … Continue reading First Time Playing with Spark.Net on Azure Synapse Analytics