Data Presentation Tips

When we present data in a report or spreadsheet we often use some type of graph or chart to make the information clearer to understand. Unfortunately, using the wrong type of presentation can confuse the reader. Consider these data: And these two presentations: Intuitively, the second seems easier to read, but why? The first is […]
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Azure Data Studio: SQL Server Tools for Linux, Mac, Oh, and Windows Too

What do you do if you think the name “SQL Operations Studio” isn’t quite exciting enough? Well, if you are Microsoft, you lead with the word “Azure”, as in Azure Data Studio. Don’t be fooled by the name; The Azure Data Studio is not just for Azure databases. Not only is the Azure Data Studio […]
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Deepfakes: Beauty and Ugliness

This whole deepfake thing has me concerned and bordering on frightened. And I’m not the only one. I wrote earlier about how neural networks can make realistic-looking faces. They are getting better. A whole collection of the faces is now available for free. These are faces of people who do not exist at all. Samsung […]
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SQL Server 2019: Can Dr. Froid Help Your User Defined Functions?

User-defined scalar functions (scalar UDFs) provide SQL Server developers with an excellent means to organizer and re-use code. Unfortunately, these benefits often come at the price of poor, and in many cases horrendous, performance. Froid is a technology arising from Microsoft Research that addresses these performance problems with novel optimization techniques. In SQL Server 2019, […]
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How deMorgan’s Theorems Can Help Programmers

Logic is an important aspect of programming and two important theorems in logic can be a big help to programmers. Basics of computer logic In software, logic is generally found in an if statement. This implements the idea that if some condition is true, then do something. For example, If the user clicks a link […]
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