Wednesday, 22 June 2016

TechNet Guru Award - May 2016

Hello world!

May was another great month! The article about SQL Server Stretch Database was awarded gold medal in the TechNet guru awards!

The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU!
Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The First PHP Mauritius UG Meetup

Hello World!

The first ever PHP Mauritius UG Meetup was held on the 31st of May 2016 and I was invited to speak about my experience engaging with the community during the past years.

About PHP UG Mauritius

PHPMauritius has been founded for passionate PHP folks in Mauritius, by passionate PHP folks – namely Khayrattee Wasseem and Nadhiir Rosun on the 9th of Jan 2016.

You can get more details on the PHP Mauritius BlogMeetup pageTwitter and Facebook.

The first Meetup

The first meetup was held on Tuesday 31st at 18hr30.
The Speakers:
- Chervine Bhiwoo (he will talk about the power of community, around 20 mins)
- Sean Mangar (he will talk on a PHP topic around 20-30mins)

Nads, kicked off the session by introducing the UG and it's objectives. I find it great that the founders are very open to all technologies and are even keen to learn about technologies such as PHP & Azure.
I'm sure it's just the begining of an awesome collaboration :)


Monday, 13 June 2016

The Power of Community

Hello world!

I was invited to talk about my experience engaging with the community over the past years at the PHP Mauritius UG Meetup last month. This blog post is a summary of what I talked about.

I kicked off the presentations by talking about how the community is helping us daily and why we should give back to the community.


Whether you are using open source software or you are finding solutions to your problems on forums, behind all these tools, there are people and communities working. These communities are making a huge impact in the world and we often just take it for granted! 
Can you imagine surviving a day at work without using any open source tools or without going to a forum?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Twitter Analytics for the Developers Conference in Mauritius

It was fun to build the Twitter statistics for the Developers Conference in Mauritius, but, it's only today that I had the time to compile the figures for all 3 days and apply Sentiment Analysis on the individual tweets. Let's look at the results!

Interactive Dashboard

Firstly, you can view the interactive dashboard here, filter the results, and even view details of the tweets.

Tweet Count

Count of Tweets: 790
Count of Tweets by Day: 20 = 223 ; 21= 246 ; 22= 321 
People Tweet most between 11 - 12 Hr
Highest number of Tweets by Username is 121 (MSCC)
Twitter Username with highest number of ReTweets is MSCC with 259 RTs
Twitter Username with highest number of Favourites is Ish with 86 Favourites

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

TNWiki Article Spotlight – SQL Server and PolyBase

Hello World!

Here are some fresh news from the Microsoft TechNet wiki, the article I authored on Polybase and SQL Server got featured on the TechNet wiki blog - Thanks for the mention Ken!

Polybase has the ability to connect SQL Server to an existing Hadoop cluster and therefore join relational data to unstructured data.

Link to TechNet blog here.
Link to Wiki here.


Monday, 23 May 2016

Developers Conference 2016 - SQL Server

Last week end, I had the opportunity to present at the Developers Conference in Mauritius again. This was another opportunity to team up with my friends from the MSPs and showcase how SQL Server 2016 can help solve the data challenges in modern businesses . So, if you missed the presentation, here is a summary of what we demonstrated.

I started the presentation with a focus on the trends in technology in terms of Apps, Mobile and IoT and how all of them are creating more and more data. However, this is leading to new challenges in terms of processing and storage.  

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hour of Code with the Community

Hello world!

Today I'm writing about one the the best experience I got with the community so far! It's the hour of Code!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

I've been discussing with my friends and NGOs in my locality about organizing an hour of code with the children around and they we keen to provide the logistics and allow me to animate the session.

I started the session by introducing the Hour of Code and the computer science field and also emphasizes how computers are changing the world and how all those computers and applications are powered by codes in the back-end.


Friday, 13 May 2016

10 tips for the Web Cup

Hello World!

Last year together with my collages we participated in the Web Cup. It was a nice and fun experience but this blog post is not to evaluate the Web Cup, but rather to give some tips to the participants from what we learnt. Here we go:

1. Don't take it too seriously, have fun!
Participate to enhance your team work, meet other developers, increase your knowledge and have fun. Enjoy the experience and focus on building the best Web Site you can instead of focusing on winning and what are the other teams doing.

2. Don't code immediately! Discuss!
The theme won't be easy, it will be quite unorthodox, probably something you never done before.
So, don't code right away. Take the time to think about the challenge, brainstorm, think creatively and focus on the whole concept and how innovative it is first. Then, the next phases will be much easier.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Schedule PowerShell Scripts to Scale Azure Virtual Machines


How can I schedule a script to scales my Azure Virtual Machine up or down at specific times?

This question was raised by a participant of the Global Azure Bootcamp who has some very heavy processing to do on an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) at a specific point in time and wants to upscale the VM each week at this point in time. Also, the user also wants another script to run some hours later to downscale the VM.


The above problem can be solved using Microsoft Azure Automation, which provides a way for users to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks that are commonly performed in a cloud and enterprise environment.
It saves time and increases the reliability of regular administrative tasks and even schedules them to be automatically performed at regular intervals. You can automate processes using Runbooks or automate configuration management using Desired State Configuration.