Azure Data Explorer Functions and Control Commands

A new employee on our team recently went through the Pluralsight Kusto course and gave it the thumbs up. However, based on the way we use Azure Data Explorer internally, there are a couple major features that we needed to teach him about. The first is the ability to define functions. Ad-hoc investigations are regularly…

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Client App Calling An Azure Function With AAD

I recently needed to create a client app that used an AAD application to authenticate with an Azure Function that was configured with the AAD Easy Auth flow. Documenting it here seemed like it might add value to the interwebz. Create a new Azure Function App. Once it is created, create a simple function that…

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Kusto Code Hygiene and Performance Tips

Now that you’ve started authoring your first Kusto queries in Azure Data Explorer, there are a few things you can do to make your life a lot easier going forward. In terms of performance, there are three things that I recommend to new users: Use a where clause as soon as you can and always…

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Getting Started with the Kusto Query Language (KQL)

Azure Data Explorer is in public preview and their documentation is an excellent place to educate yourself on the Kusto Query Language that is used to interact with Azure Data Explorer. There’s also a 4-hour Pluralsight course which will really jump start you. The Azure Data Explorer white paper also covers the basics of the…

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Ingesting Your First CSV Into Azure Data Explorer

We’ve been using the Kusto query language internally for quite a while and over that time, and while I’m not a member of the Data Explorer team, I’ve helped a number of people get started with the language. Now that Azure Data Explorer is public, there are a lot of resources to get you off…

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Azure Data Explorer Public Preview

There is lots of great stuff flowing out of Microsoft Ignite this week, but my favorite so far is the announcement about the public preview of Azure Data Explorer. We’ve been using this tool internally for a while now and it has revolutionized how we do big data analysis. What used to take us hours…

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