Welcome back to the SQL Trail, Compañeros! In episode 61 of the SQL Data Partners Podcast, we sit down with Richmond local AZ and talk about U-SQL. What is U-SQL? As part of the Cortana Intelligence Suite, it plays a role in the streaming analytics space–primarily in the Azure environment.  We break down some of the myths of U-SQL, then we’ll discuss the use cases that make it such an effective addition to your database toolbox.  While we don’t think most DBAs will be touching this technology anytime soon, those with C# skills will be interested in checking it out.  This episode will help you know where U-SQL fits into the environment will help when the subject is brought up in you next team meeting.

Listen to Learn

  • The common use cases for U-SQL
  • How U-SQL relates to T-SQL and C#
  • The connection between U-SQL and big data
  • How to scale data using U-SQL
  • Environment requirements to get started

Our Guest

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Azhagappan (Az) Arunachalam

Azhagappan (Az) Arunachalam has been working with SQL Server since v4.21/SQLNT. He started his career with troubleshooting at chip level, worked as a network engineer managing Novell NetWare networks, graduated into managing Windows NT, moved onto development, administered databases, and is currently working as an application database architect.  He’s excited about all the cloud offerings that Microsoft and others have made possible, and in sharing his findings with aspiring data enthusiasts. He is a member of the Richmond Virginia PASS SQL Server Usergroup, and helps organize the SQLSaturday.  He can be reached on twitter at @sqlaz.

Az’s blog: sqlaz.com

[It’s] an extension of the programming language that I can use my C# and my SQL skills together and that’s what I get with U-SQL.


Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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