September 2018 - Using SQL in Azure Notebooks

SQL Social Melbourne
SQL Social Melbourne
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Food, Drinks will be provided!

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below). Networking

At SQL Social, our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

This Month's Speaker and Topic

Jon Searle - SQL in Azure Notebooks

Jon ( has been in the data business for yonks. He is a strong lateral thinker, with solid data modelling skills. He has delivered projects in statistical databases, data warehousing, BI, and data analytics, across many industries.

Jon hones his skills in data modelling, engineering, analysis, and visualisation to solve complex technical challenges and represent data in such a way to promote clear understanding and effective decision making. He is particularly adept at designing solutions that serve immediate tactical needs while remaining aligned with the strategic vision.

Azure Notebooks is a free service for anyone to develop and run code in their browser using Jupyter. The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text.

Notebooks provide a mechanism for communicating data finding, ideas and stories. It offers a public forum for presenting data analytics for education, communication, promenading, and other forms of data perambulating and consequently is fast becoming the data-geek slide-deck tool of choice.

In this session, Jon will give a basic show and tell about using SQL in Azure Notebooks. This will assume you don't know what a notebook is, but perhaps you have used SQL before. It will not cover aspects of machine learning, data science, or other newfangled flashy things.

Our Sponsors:

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See you there!