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  • Blog Post: Ode to Data Explorer

    To the tune of The Candy Man by Sammy Davis Jr. Who can talk to SQL, sprinkle with Hadoop Cover it with Sharepoint and a miracle or two Data Explorer , oh Data Explorer can Data Explorer can causes it mixes it with love and makes your data taste good. Who can take a table, merge it with a file...
  • Blog Post: Traffic Analysis with Microsoft Data Explorer

    For the past couple months, I’ve been running a simple app on my desktop which records the estimated length of my commute using Bing Maps Traffic. The output is stored in a CSV file. The CSV file looks like this: 12/1/2011,5:07 PM,HomeToWork,22:26 12/1/2011,5:07 PM,WorkToHome,33:44 12/1/2011,5:12 PM...
  • Blog Post: Fantasy NASCAR + Microsoft Data Explorer

    As a member of the Data Explorer team and a fan of NASCAR, it was only natural (or not?) that I would combine the two. Besides, it’s fun to file bugs to our dev team who overwhelming choose soccer as their favorite sport. Even as I write this I can hear them saying, “It’s football , silly American.”...
  • Blog Post: Removing Errors In Data Explorer

    If you step through my previous post about Netflix + Rotten Tomatoes and try to recreate it, you might notice a couple things that I skipped. In my particular queue, I have some TV series. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t return any search results. This results in a little yellow error icon in the preview for...
  • Blog Post: Using Data Explorer to Combine Netflix and Rotten Tomatoes

    I recently reactivated my Netflix subscription after having it on hold for a few months. I had a lot of movies built up in the queue and I was wondering which ones I should watch first. Netflix does offer recommendations based on what I’ve seen before, but I was looking for another opinion. Time to fire...
  • Blog Post: Do Bicyclists Like Yogurt?

    It's so much fun to have material like these videos going out for our product! Here’s another new one to check out. Various other team members have also been doing some blogging. I’d specifically recommend that you check out Tim’s blog . He has been releasing some of the history of the project and more...
  • Blog Post: New “Data Explorer” Video

    Our team has released another video! Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before you can actually get your hands on some real bits. We’re cranking away on a couple more great features that we want to get into that first release. Don’t forget to check out the Microsoft Data Explorer home page if you...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Codename “Data Explorer” Announced

    I’m happy to announce that the project I’ve been working on is finally public! Technically the actual bits are not public yet, but the fact that we exist is no longer a secret! Here’s my elevator pitch: This product allows you to easily pull in lots of data from random sources, clean it up, transform...
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