32-bit Excel and 64-bit SQL Server

What could be simpler than to get data from an Excel table in SQL Server?

There are many ways to accomplish this task. You can utilize Integration Services (former DTS) or import and export wizard, which is the same under the hood. Another way is to create a simple ADO.NET app. You can use the Linked Server mechanism, which allows you to see any ODBC / OLE DB-reachable object in the form of a table (a collection of tables) or the result of an ad hoc query.


Upload Documents to Azure Data Lake and Export Data using SSIS


Azure is growing every day. Microsoft created Azure, which is a Cloud Computing service released on 2010.

According to Microsoft, 80% of the fortune 500 companies are using Azure. Also, 40% of the Azure Revenue comes from Startups and independent software vendors. 33% of the Azure Virtual Machines are using Linux. Microsoft expects to earn $20 billion in 2018.

That is why companies are migrating part of the data to Azure and sometimes all the data.

Azure Data Lake is a special storage to analyze Big Data in parallel in Azure. It is optimized for analytics. You can store Social network data, emails, documents, sensor information, geographical information and more.


Tricky Questions about C#

Some questions may seem too basic, but they still contain tiny tricks. Sometimes even a simple question may nail to the wall. These questions will be useful to all who study the language.

So, let’s start!

1. What will be the result of execution of the following code?


Query Optimization in PostgreSQL. EXPLAIN Basics – Part 1


Why does it take so much time to execute a query? Why are there no indexes? Chances are you’ve heard about EXPLAIN in PostgreSQL. However, there are still many people who have no idea how to use it. I hope this article will help users tackle with this great tool.

This article is the author revision of Understanding EXPLAIN by Guillaume Lelarge. Since I have missed out some information, I highly recommend you get acquainted with the original.


Another Way to Localize Application

I would like to introduce a simple way to localize applications. I do not like the standard mechanism with resource assemblies for the following reasons:

  1. When receiving a value of a localized string in the code, I would like to rely on OOP and compiler prompts. It is very unpleasant to generate a project on Friday evening, and on Saturday morning, to get a call from QAs working overtime that someone inattentive wrote GetResource (“asdf”) instead of GetResource (“assf”). Thus, now something crashes or is displayed incorrectly. In addition, the project is to be “put to print” on Monday… (more…)

Preparing for Exam 70-483: Programming in C#

During preparation for exam 70-483, I found lots of websites containing links to various manuals that helped me a lot. But what really helped me was the memo notes I composed for myself and which I’d like to share in this article. I do not target to provide a detailed description of C#, I just want to refresh your memory and to highlight certain aspects of C#. If you are not familiar with some aspects, it means you have gaps in your knowledge that should be eliminated. (more…)

Comparison of Tree Graphs

When developing an information system that also includes various processing of design and technological documentation, I faced the following problem.

We have a certain product structure. During the day, different parts of this product are changed and by the evening, it is already unclear what has been changed. Sometimes, products can consist of more than 10 000 elements. The elements are not unique, and the reality is that the structure can be often modified, although the product is almost ready. The failure to understand the scope of changes complicates planning.

The product structure can be represented as a tree graph in PL/SQL. Since I could not find a suitable way to compare two graphs, I decided to create my own method.