The busy data scientist’s walk-through to managing Azure Data Lake Store in R

Inspect security.R in R Studio
Inspect security.R in R Studio

Earlier this year (2017), my Microsoft colleague Ramkumar Chandrasekaran published a blog post about performing Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS) file system operations using the R language. After working through that for a recent project, I decided to write a detailed, step-by-step walk-through of getting this running, including the required Azure configuration steps. Who is this for?…

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Azure CDN: overview and dynamic content

Asset first and later loads from CDN edge
Asset first and later loads from CDN edge

What is the Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN)? The Azure CDN offers a global solution for delivering content to web browsers with minimal latency by caching publicly available assets such as image, CSS, or script files at geo-dispersed edge nodes. Web pages refer to assets (such as image files) by their CDN URLs. Referring to…

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Get started with Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB

Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) is a new security feature in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB. The main documentation is here (also see link under Resources at end). This post is a quick how-to intro to DDM, including applying it in a database and managing which principals see masked or unmasked data. I’ll also…

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