Apple has a bug in a beta version of iOS that pops up an annoying message periodically, and the whole Internet lights up, and it’s fixed in a couple of days, and we all know about it the moment it’s fixed. Meanwhile, Microsoft breaks SSIS deployment in an official release of Visual Studio, and it stays broken for weeks, and when they finally release a fix, the only way I know about it is because I Googled the problem to see if anything had changed… Oh, and now it’s telling me I have to restart my PC…

For certain use cases, BIML is pure magic. The best kind of power tools!

Good grief, Samsung—this TV has power and Wi-Fi 24/7, but you have to wait to install updates when I want to watch something? Why?!?!?

This morning’s silly dad song: 🎶 “Banana ooo na na, half of my breakfast is banana ooo na na…” 🎶

iOS 11.3 Beta 2 says battery capacity is at 87%, but it has shut down due to insufficient juice and is being throttled. So what—I’m just stuck? Even if I’d gladly pay $29 for a replacement? D’oh!

I just figured out that the Scroll Lock key actually does something on Windows! Made me want to scream and burn Excel to the ground, but hey—I learned something new today!

I’m Terrified Right Now

Derick Bailey:

“I want this horrible, sick feeling because it means I care about what I’m doing. It means I understand that I can really screw this up, and I really don’t want to. It means I care enough to make sure I have every detail right… This gut-wrenching sick feeling that I have right now, means I am growing in some new way and doing something new and potentially amazing … and potentially terrifying and horrible, too.”

The Reward For Good Work

Derick Bailey:

For me, my work and my reputation are tied together. I’m not known for social graces, being easy to work with, or having the best bed-side manner when helping others. But I am known for quality work, for pushing others to do better, and for clearing a path on which others can travel. Sometimes my technical ability makes up for my lack of empathy.

My experience exactly. I would add that as my reputation grows, I find that I get more interesting work.

SSIS – Global replace for all columns using a script component

This saved me a bunch of time—thanks, Waheed!

Waheed Rous

Sometimes while in the data flow you need to apply the same function on all the columns in the data flow or all columns have a specific data type, for example:

  1. Remove all commas and new lines from text columns before exporting them to a CSV file.
  2. Replace text “Null” with Null value when loading data from an excel file that has nulls as text in it.
  3. Check for each column if has a null value and replace it with a default value based on the data type.
  4. Convert all strings to upper or lower case. etc…

The easiest way to do this is to add a script component then use the approach below, here i’m converting all strings to upper case.

few notes about the code above:

  • i’m skipping all columns with name ends with “_isnull” as these columns just to indicate if the original column has a null…

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Markdown Test

I just had a terrible thought: what if WordPress lets you post in Markdown but converts it immediately to HTML and doesn’t preserve the original Markdown source. That would be a terrible shame. I’ll find out in a minute…

Oh, good—it does preserve the Markdown source. What a relief!