Azure data factory v2

Azure Data Factory visual tools enabled in public preview few days back. In this post, let us see how the look and feel is and whats new in ADF v2.

From Azure portal, while creating Azure data factory we need to select the version as v2, once created click on Author & Monitor.




In my previous post, I had shared an example to copy data from Azure blob to Azure cosmos DB using Copy data wizard.


How to concatenate values with specified delimiter

In SQL Server 2017, new function is introduced to concatenate values with specified delimiter

In SQL Server 2012, Concat() was introduced. Only difference between Concat() and Concat_WS(), Concat_WS() allows delimiter to be specified to concatenate values.

Both CONCAT & CONCAT_WS ignores the SET CONCAT_NULL_YIELDS_NULL {ON|OFF} setting as shown in below image.

How to combine separate row values into delimited string

In one of my old post, I wrote about how to combine separate row values into delimited string. Now starting from SQL Server 2017, new string function was introduced to perform this string aggregation easily. Let us see few examples in this post.

DECLARE @Tmp TABLE (ID INT,
                    Name VARCHAR(30))
INSERT INTO @Tmp SELECT 1,'SQL Server'
INSERT INTO @Tmp SELECT 2,'Oracle'
INSERT INTO @Tmp SELECT 3,'DB2'
SELECT * FROM @Tmp

SELECT STRING_AGG (Name, ',') FROM @Tmp

How to split delimited string into separate row

In this post, let us see how to split delimited string into separate row. 

In previous versions of SQL Server, this can be achieved using User defined function

When support for querying JSON data was introduced in SQL Server, using OPENJSON seems to be simpler technique to split delimited string into separate row.

Finally starting from SQL Server 2016, new built string function was introduced to do this. Let us see few examples with various delimiters:

How to load data into Azure SQL Data Warehouse using SSIS

In this post, let us see how to load files from local folder into Azure SQL Data Warehouse using Azure SQL DW Upload Task in SSIS.

We need to download and install Azure Feature pack to get the Azure components in SSIS.

Azure SQL DW Upload Task is designed to work in such a way that it consumes the files in local folder and places in Azure Blob storage as staging (there is an option to retain files within Blob storage)  and then it is loaded into Azure SQL data warehouse.


How to upload files into Azure blob storage using SSIS

In this post, let us see how to upload files from local folder into Azure blob storage using SSIS.


In the SSIS Toolbox, we can see Azure component grayed out.



How to create linked server between On-premise and Azure SQL database

In this post, let us see how to create linked server between On-premise and Azure SQL database and after establishing linked server, how we can query Azure SQL database & create objects in Azure SQL database from local On-premise SQL Server.

In previous posts, I wrote about 

How to play video or music from SSRS

In this post, I will show how to play video or music from SSRS using two options.

Option 1: Using SSIS package that invokes the video or audio file that is stored in SQL Server filetable (or normal windows directory folder)

To see an example on SQL server filetable, refer my previous post.