Structuring Your Databricks Notebooks with Markdown, Titles, Widgets and Comments

Just a short post following a recent question I got from my delivery team... Are there any best practices for structuring our Databricks Notebooks in terms of code comments and markdown? Having done a little Googling I simply decided to whip up a quick example that could be adopted as a technical standard for the … Continue reading Structuring Your Databricks Notebooks with Markdown, Titles, Widgets and Comments

Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Run Status with Azure Functions

Microsoft.Azure.Management.DataFactory.Models.RunFilterParameters So I recently found myself with code withdrawal… Yes, its a real thing!  Anyone in an architect type role will understand, I hope… You can’t spend all your time drawing pictures of how things “should” work without occasionally getting hands-on with some code. Anyway, my recent episode of code withdrawal led me to creating … Continue reading Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Run Status with Azure Functions

Using Data Factory Parameterised Linked Services

Microsoft recently announced that we can now make our Azure Data Factory (ADF) v2 pipelines even more dynamic with the introduction of parameterised Linked Services. This now completes the set for our core Data Factory components meaning we can now inject parameters into every part of our Data Factory control flow orchestration processes. Pipelines ✔ Activities … Continue reading Using Data Factory Parameterised Linked Services

Creating an Azure Data Factory v2 Custom Activity

Many moons ago and in a previous job role I wrote a post for creating an Azure Data Factory v1 Custom Activity here. According to Google Analytics this proved to be one of my most popular blog posts on that site. I therefore feel I need to do an update post with the same information … Continue reading Creating an Azure Data Factory v2 Custom Activity

What is Azure Data Factory Data Flow?

There were many great announcements to come out of the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference, but the main one for me was the introduction of Azure Data Factory Data Flow. As a business intelligence person with many years experience working with SSIS packages this new feature is very exciting! Since I first saw the mock up … Continue reading What is Azure Data Factory Data Flow?

Execute All SSIS Packages in Parallel with ADFv2 Lookup and ForEach Activities

Just a quick post friends following a talk I did on Azure Data Factory (ADF) v2 at SQL Saturday Manchester. In the talk I demonstrated using ADF more dynamically now version 2 supports expressions and parameters... Amongst other cool stuff I specifically showed how you could run your SSIS packages, scaled out across all the … Continue reading Execute All SSIS Packages in Parallel with ADFv2 Lookup and ForEach Activities

Using the ADFv2 Until Activity

Hello friends, with this post I wanted to give you a quick 'how to' guide when working with the Azure Data Factory (ADF) v2 Until activity... Having implemented the activity several times in production I've repeatedly found the current Microsoft documentation here falling a little short in its explanations and examples. So, I've created my … Continue reading Using the ADFv2 Until Activity