Kafka Connect for Azure IoT Hub, AzureAD PowerShell V2.0 is now GA

Kafka Connect Connector for Azure IoT Hub, PowerShell Azure AD v2.0 cmdlets generally available now. SQL Data Warehouse now supports creation of secondary indexes on column store table.

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Kafka Connect for Azure IoT (Internet of Things) Hub is now available, and the new Connector can be used to read telemetry data from devices connected to Azure IoT Hub.

The Kafka Connect for Azure IoT Hub enables developers to connect IoT Hub to open source systems using Kafka for a "powerful, secure and performant IoT solution. Kafka Connect for IoT Hub can also be used with the new managed Kafka solution available in Azure HDInsight."

The open source code can be found on GitHub.

Announced on Monday Dec. 5th, Azure SQL Data Warehouse now supports the creation of secondary B-Tree indexes (also referred to as non-clustered indexes or NCI) on column store tables (also referred to as clustered column store indexes or CCI).

"Most analytic queries aggregate large amounts of data and are served well by scanning the column store segments directly," writes Azure team.

"However, there is often a need to look for a 'needle in a haystack' which translates to a query that does a lookup of a single row or a small range of rows. Such look-up queries can get orders of magnitude (even 1000x) improvement in response time and potentially run in sub-second if there is a B-Tree index on the filter column."

PowerShell Azure AD v2.0 cmdlets are now generally available (GA), and you can now leverage the new cmdlets in this module in your production environments.

Here are the changes made since the previous preview release:

  • Naming conventions: The Revoke-AzureADSignedInUserAllRefreshTokens and Revoke-AzureADUserAllRefreshTokens were renamed to Revoke-AzureADSignedInUserAllRefreshToken Revoke-AzureADUserAllRefreshToken respectively to follow the Verb-SingularNoun naming convention.
  • Excluded cmdlets: This GA only includes cmdlets that call into a production endpoint of the Graph API. If you want to use cmdlets that call a Beta endpoint, these are available in the public preview release of the Azure AD v2.0 PowerShell cmdlets. The cmdlets excluded from this release include those used to manage Administrative Units, Domain settings, Policy settings, and Directory settings, wrties Azure team.
PowerShell Azure AD v2.0 GA

PowerShell Azure AD v2.0 GA.

Thanks to the new Data Storage and Data Science workloads becoming generally available for Visual Studio 2017 RC, Microsoft has announced that Azure Notebooks are now able to support the F# language.

Previously, users could write in R, Python 2, and Python 3 coding but now they can add F# to the growing list of over forty available languages.

For those that may not know, "Azure Notebooks is a free web application hat lets the user create and share documents with live code, equations, visualizations, and explanatory text."

The preview is live on Azure Notebooks and anyone can use the service here.

Azure Notebooks Adds F# Support

Azure Notebooks Adds F# Support

Microsoft quitely launhced a new chatbot called "Zo" on Kik Messenger. You can try chatting with Zo by looking into Kik Messenger's bot directory.

Microsoft has also set up a page for users to request an invite to get early access to Zo here.