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Five differences between Python and other languages

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

How does Python compare with other programming languages like C#, VB or SQL? This blog looks at the differences we've come across in preparing our Python courses and videos.

Tags:   Python | General

What to do with your IKEA bags?

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

The IKEA blue Frakta shopping bag is iconic, and everywhere. Here are 5 suggestions (not always totally serious) for how you can recycle your IKEA bags!

Review of a book on the Stuxnet worm

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

The Stuxnet worm was one of the most sophisticated bits of software ever written. Find out exactly how the US and Israel used it to target Iranian uranium centrifuges, and see the implications this has for us all.

Power Apps causes 38 million records to be exposed online

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

An investigation from security company UpGuard has revealed that many major US companies have exposed user data online through badly configured Power Apps applications.

Tags:   Power Apps | General

Changes to Power BI Desktop for August 2021

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

This month sees individually customisable shapes and further refinements to the X axis constant line, among other improvements to Power BI Desktop.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

We have new venues for our classroom courses in both London and Manchester

Posted by Andy Brown on 30 August 2021

Following the upheaval of COVID, we've got new venues for our classroom training courses in London and Manchester (although as this blog explains, we'll continue to offer online training too for the foreseesable future).

August 2021 Word Search Competition: Winner and Answer

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 August 2021

Congratulations to AJ Morales for winning last month's word search competition, and winning a fifty-pound Amazon voucher: you can see the answers in this blog.

August 2021 Newsletter Competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

For this month's competition we invite you to find the 47 famous singers in the word search grid - unused letters will spell out 3 songs by one of the singers.

Answer to (and winner of) our July 2021 competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

Last month's puzzle asked you to locate 4 mountains, and then give the coordinates of a 5th (Mount Everest), although as many people pointed out the puzzle contained a small factual error (apparently Mont Blanc ISN'T t the tallest mountain in Europe!).

A swear-word alternative to What 3 Words

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

You may know about What 3 Words, which allows you to pinpoint your location in the world using just 3 words. Now there's Four King Words, which does the same for the UK and Ireland using just 4 swear words.

9 interesting facts about emojis to lighten your day

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

Do you know why World Emoji Day is held on July 17th each year? Or how to see the world's emojis being tweeted in real time? Or that Microsft are trying to resurrect Clippy the paper-clip as an emoji? These are just 3 of the 9 fascinating facts explained in this blog!

You can now pay Wise Owl invoices online

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

We've added a link to every invoice that we send out - clicking on this link will take you to an online payment form, so that you can pay invoices without having to call us.

The Magic of the Power Query SHARED Global Environment

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2021

How to use the #shared keyword to bring up a list of all of the M functions in Power BI Query, and then use this list to create your own help table or even your own function.

Tags:   Power BI | Query editor

Power BI July 2021 Update

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2021

This month's update sees the launch of small multiples, a range of new dynamic format properties and the roll-out of sensitivity labels.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Showing Small Multiples in Power BI charts

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 July 2021

Small multiples are mini-charts shown in a two-dimensional grid, with each chart showing the state of play for a different field's value. After a number of improvements small multiples have finally emerged from preview!

Tags:   Power BI | Visualisations

5 short tips for Power BI

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 19 July 2021

Sometimes our Owls come across little titbits that aren't big enough to count as a full meal. Instead we bide our time and create a smorgasbord of little bites for you to feast on. With that in mind, here are 5 Power BI tips that you might not know.

Tags:   Power BI | General

Power BI Reports vs. Paginated Reports

Posted by Andrew Gould on 19 July 2021

Confused about the difference between Power BI Reports and Power BI Paginated Reports? Allow this blog to clear up the confusion!

Tags:   Power BI | General

Project yourself on your shared screen in Teams

Posted by Andy Brown on 01 July 2021

You can now share your screen in Teams, and have your floating head appearing on top of it (the effect is weird if you're the presenter).

Power BI Channels you should watch

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 01 July 2021

There are many great resources for learning Power BI, and so many of them are completely free! Level up your BI skills with some of the best. Here Sam covers some of his favourite BI channels. You even get a glimpse behind the curtain to see other channels he watches!

Tags:   Power BI | General

Practise SQL in your browser with SQL Fiddle

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 01 July 2021

Some of our poor delegates don't have the luxury of a home computer to install SQL on (even worse some have made bad life choices and picked a Mac). The good news is that you can still practise your SQL skills in your web browser, using the impressive SQL Fiddle site. Have no fear, SQL Fiddle is here, a browser based sandbox to bring you cheer!

Tags:   SQL | General
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