Connecting Azure Data Factory code to an external database table

In this article I will talk about how to connect Azure Data Factory (ADF) to a database table. This can be surprisingly complex, so I will start with the simplest version and work towards more complex versions. I won't go into connecting ADF to other types of data store such as APIs, blob storage etc, … Continue reading Connecting Azure Data Factory code to an external database table

An introduction to parameterised types

This article is about parameterised types, which are also known as generics or parametric polymorphism.  I first came across them in the functional programming language ML, but they have spread beyond the functional programming world, to languages like Java, C#, and TypeScript. Parameterised types let you define a family of similar but different types What … Continue reading An introduction to parameterised types

Modularisation – coupling and cohesion

This is related to the second of the things requested by Jesper, which was encapsulation.  Encapsulation is a tool to use when designing software.  It’s a bit abstract, and I don’t think people always agree on what it means.  To me, encapsulation is part of the bigger term modularisation, which doesn’t immediately help because it’s … Continue reading Modularisation – coupling and cohesion

Exceptions 3: Where to put catch blocks and handle exceptions

This is the third article in a series about exceptions: BasicsTypes and filteringWhere to put catch blocks and handle exceptionsFinishing up Where your catch blocks are and where exceptions are dealt with matters - probably best to avoid sticking a pin into your code randomly to choose the spot.Image credit The location of catch blocks … Continue reading Exceptions 3: Where to put catch blocks and handle exceptions