Plotting Graph database in Power BI – Greek Mythology

During the lockdown I started rereading Stephen Fry’s Mythos. A modern interpretation of the Greek myths with the trademark Fry Humor. Greek mythology like most ancient literature is dotted with characters related to each other in a number of ways and presented a great opportunity to create a Graph database of the different characters and…

What does a brute force attack look like?

Ever wondered if your server is being targeted for a brute force attack? What does it look like? How to prevent it? What is a brute force attack? A brute force attack is different from other attacks because it’s relying purely on a numbers game to gain access to the system. Unlike social engineering attacks…

How to identify conversion issues using TRY_CAST ()

A common issue with the ELT process is that you find out errors after they have been loaded. This is usually not any issue unless the database specifically doesn’t have an option to help identify the error specifically. An example of this is the relief expressed by developers when Microsoft announces the release of the…

How to navigate between pages in PowerBI

In this post we explore the way to navigates between pages in PowerBI. The latest release of PowerBI has made this process very simply and most developers will find it useful to convert the old bookmarks into Action events. This will not only reduce the number of steps but also improve usability. Adding a button…

How to Backup MySQL databases

WordPress uses MySQL as its database back end and as a result it is important to upgrade and patch MySQL database versions when possible. This is especially true for older versions of MySQL which get installed by default with older WordPress Installers like those found on Web Platform Installer. Before proceeding with any such changes…

Upgrading the version of PHP in IIS

WordPress is a one of the most commonly used technologies to host a website and blog. WordPress in turn uses PHP to render the content and therefore it is critical to make sure the version of PHP being used is the latest one. Like most software they release fixes and performance improvements with every release….

How to use Relative Time Filter in PowerBI

In this post we cover how to use the Relative Time Filter in PowerBI desktop. A great features to have when reporting the relative Time Filter Option allows the developer to show only a certain set of date that is constrained relative to the current time. For example show only data from the last 24…

Power BI Automated page Refresh

Automated page refresh is a feature that allows the developer to display real time information on the power Bi report. This is not to be confused with features like incremental refresh which only loads a subset of data from very large tables. Automated page refresh supports two mode Scheduled and Change Detection (Premium only) In…

PowerBI – Personalize Visual

This feature has been requested a number of times and it’s great to be able to see it being implemented in PowerBI finally. This feature is currently in preview. In order to enable preview features please review the link at the bottom of this post. Once the changes have been made you will need to…

Power BI – New Features – importing data and enabling preview features

PowerBI is one of the products where Microsoft aggressively releases features every month. The effort is paying off as it’s quickly become the industry standard for reporting. The most attractive aspect for most companies is the comparable visualizations at a very attractive price point. In this series of posts we cover the new features released…