16 November 2021
16 November 2021

10 reasons why Python is better than C# (or almost any other programming language)

After resisting learning Python for years, assuming it was just another object-oriented programming language, Andy Brown now gets what the fuss was about: Python really does make coding quicker. This article lists 10 reasons why Python is better than C# and will make your programming life easier (and two reasons, in fairness, why it might not).… Read more
18 December 2017
18 December 2017

SQL Server Machine Learning Services – Part 2: Python Data Frames

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SQL Server Machine Learning Services provides the ability to run Python scripts directly against data in SQL Server. To do so, you must understand how to work with the data frame object. Robert Sheldon explains how to get started using the data frame object, how to pass data from SQL Server to it, and how to manipulate it with Python and pandas commands. … Read more
04 August 2017
04 August 2017

The Power of Python and SQL Server 2017

Python is new to SQL Server 2017. It is intended primarily to allow the use of Python-based machine-learning within SQL Server, but it can be used for far more than this, with any Python libraries or Frameworks. To provide an example of what is possible, Hitendra shows how to use the feature securely to provide intelligent application caching, where SQL Server can automatically indicate when data changes to trigger a cache refresh. … Read more
27 August 2009
27 August 2009

Python for the SQL Server DBA

Python is increasingly used by DBAs as a general-purpose scripting language, despite the pressure to adopt Microsoft's PowerShell. They find it easy to learn, powerful, and reasonably intuitive. Here Timothy Wiseman, a working DBA, explains the attraction of Python and gives a general introduction to the language, suitable for anyone who has been wondering whether to give it a try. … Read more
21 May 2009
21 May 2009

‘Methodist’: Make .NET Reflector come alive with IronPython

It is great to be able to inspect the contents of an assembly with .NET Reflector, but to really understand the behaviour of code, it is nice to be able to call methods and see the results immediately within .NET Reflector. Now you can, thanks to the magic of IronPython and the DLR. Ben builds a REPL add-in for .NET Reflector and makes a great tool even more useful. … Read more