First Steps in BIML - Getting Started

This is the first in a series of posts I’m planning about the BIML language and the BIMLExpress tool. BIML is short for Business Intelligence Markup Language, and it’s a tool for building SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages. I’m using BIML in my new job as a Data Engineer, and since I didn’t find many resources for learning it when I was starting I thought I’d begin documenting my experiences.

Why Use BIML?


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On New Years and New Beginnings

As you might have noticed, this blog has been quiet for a while. I had lots of good stuff happening last year, and lots of ideas planned. But then...well, life happened. The COVID-19 pandemic hit, I was laid of from my job (after nearly seven years), I started a new job, and things got busy.

The new year has brought a little breathing room, and I'd started thinking about how to get going with the blog again. So it was very timely indeed that I read a blog post by Edidiong Asikpo, a developer and blogger from Nigeria, titled The Importance of Blogging as a Developer. It's definitely worth a read, but it got me thinking about my own reasons why I wanted to blog, and why I want to resume the habit.


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Why Clojure?

This is going to be the first post in a series about Clojure and how to get started with it. In this post, I'll talk about what Clojure is, why it's interesting to learn, and how to get a Clojure environment set up on your system. In subsequent posts, I'll dive into the basics of Clojure and give you some pointers for how to get started with it.

What is Clojure?


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The Fibonacci Sequence in Clojure

I was playing around this morning, and I decided to see what I could find about implementing the Fibonacci sequence in Clojure. For those unfamiliar with the Fibonacci sequence, which is named for a 13th-century Italian mathematician, it is a deceptively simple mathematical sequence where each term is constructed by the following rules:


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A Simple Portable Prototyping Station

On twitter recently, I posted some photos of a little portable prototyping station I threw together.

Henry Moore asked for some details and a parts list, so I thought I'd throw together a quick blog post about it.


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