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What's new in Analysis Services 2012 versus 2008 R2

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 December 2014 | no comments

If you're creating multidimensional models (as you probably will be), Analysis Services has barely changed between versions 2008 R2 and 2012 - and the small differences are mostly in the favour of the older version. This blog plays spot-the-difference between Analysis Services 2008 R2 and 2012.

Tags:   SQL Server 2012 | SSAS 2012    |    SSAS | General

Steps to follow when creating a new flat file in SSIS

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 December 2014 | no comments

Using an existing flat file in SSIS is straightforward, but creating a new one can be a pain - this blogs gives some steps to follow.

Tags:   SSIS | Data flow

A short blog showing that SSIS 2014 is the same as 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 November 2014 | no comments

Possibly the shortest Wise Owl blog, listing the changes between Integration Services 2012 and 2014 (there aren't any!).

A detailed blog exploring what's new in SSIS 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 November 2014 | no comments

If you're wondering whether to upgrade to Integration Services 2012, or just want to know what differences there are between SSIS 2008 R2 and 2012, this blog should help you!

Tags:   SSIS | General SSIS    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSIS 2012

C# Programming Tutorial

Posted by Andrew Gould on 31 October 2014 | no comments

This blog serves as the main index for our complete tutorial on programming in Visual C#. You'll find links to all of the articles, videos and files that you'll need to follow the tutorial.

Tags:   Visual C# | Windows Forms    |    Visual C# | General

An under-the-hood look at how the new Wise Owl website works

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014 | no comments

This blog summarises the technology used to make this website appear on your screen, including ASP.NET MVC, SCSS, responsive website design and entity data models.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    ASP.NET MVC | General

Addiction to the 2048 mobile phone app

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014 | no comments

One owl's sad story of addiction to a simple computer game: a tale of lost time and lost sanity.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Teacher training: learning how to code at school

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 October 2014 | no comments

How Wise Owl training courses can help teachers to fulfil the new UK National Curriculum requirement to teach all schoolchildren how to program.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

VBA code to create a chart and textbox, and copy them to Word

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 October 2014 | no comments

Charts in VBA are a bit weird: this blogs highlights some of their foibles, by showing how charts are really just special shapes, which contain shapes of their own!

Programmatically searching websites using VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 September 2014 | no comments

I've already pinched (with permission!) the ideas of Fergus Cairns to explain ways to run automatic searches on popular websites like Google; this blog gives an update on the same topic.

Tags:   Excel | Excel Visual Basic    |    VBA macros | References

What does the SCD transform in SSIS do, and should you use it?

Posted by Andy Brown on 05 July 2014 | no comments

Integration Services include a Slowly Changing Dimension transform, which is designed to make loading dimension data easier. This blog explains how it works, and discusses whether it achieves its objectives.

Tags:   SSIS | SCD transforms

How to create a simple website in ASP.NET MVC

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 June 2014 | no comments

This blog explains the steps you'll need to follow to create a simple one page website in ASP.NET MVC. The aim of the blog is not to act as a tutorial, but to help people choose between ASP.NET MVC and classic ASP.NET.

Tags:   ASP.NET webforms | General    |    ASP.NET MVC | General

How C# beat VB to take the programming language crown

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 June 2014 | no comments

This blog explains why Wise Owl have gone over to the dark side, and now program in C#

Tags:   Visual Basic | General coding    |    Visual C# | General

Pivoting Data in SQL Server

Posted by Andrew Gould on 09 June 2014 | no comments

Using the Pivot operator in SQL Server allows you to create basic pivot tables from your query results. This blog teaches you how to create simple, static pivots, crosstab-style tables and exciting, dynamic pivot tables.

Tags:   SQL | Dynamic SQL    |    SQL | CTEs, subqueries

Revealing how Excel workbooks are actually stored as zipped XML files

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 May 2014 | no comments

Did you know that Excel workbooks are really just a collection of XML files, all zipped together? We didn’t either, so we thought we'd tell the world.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings    |    Excel | General

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 13 - Playing Sounds

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 April 2014 | no comments

This part of the tutorial explains how to add sounds to the game using a Windows API function.

Tags:   VBA macros | General

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 12 - Managing Game State

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 April 2014 | no comments

This part of the tutorial implements a state system to make it easier to determine what actions to perform each time the game updates.

Tags:   VBA macros | General

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 11 - Detecting Collisions

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 April 2014 | no comments

In this part of the tutorial you'll learn how to make the game detect collisions between the bird and the obstacles.

Tags:   VBA macros | General

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 10 - Creating Obstacles

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 April 2014 | no comments

This part of the tutorial shows you how to add obstacles to the game and how to make them move across the screen.

Tags:   VBA macros | General

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 9 - Creating the Game Sheet

Posted by Andrew Gould on 24 April 2014 | no comments

This part of the tutorial explains how to generate a game worksheet using code to define the playing area.

Tags:   VBA macros | General