IBM Informix and EntityFrameworkCore

Walk-Through

Just recently I needed to explore how I could get IBM Informix and EntitiyFrameworkCore to work together with an existing database, and therefore decided to document my findings in this simple step-by-step walk-through.

Prerequisites

As mentioned here, the IBM® Data Server Provider for .NET IBM DB2® provider option is now the preferred Informix® provider for developing new applications.

Looking at the related site for the IBM Data Server Provider for .NET, it actually states that the former Informix specific provider (IBM.Data.Informix) is now deprecated.

IBM.Data.Informix.dll is deprecated

Although this statement actually applies to the provider for .NET, … more

My .NET for Apache Spark docker image at .NET Conf 2020

This year’s .NET Conference covered many interesting topics in various online sessions. One of them was titled “The Missing Piece – Diving into the World of Big Data with .NET for Apache Spark”.
Since I wrote about .NET for Apache Spark in the past, I obviously was very curious to find out what this session might cover.

I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my name mentioned on one of the slides. But the next surprise wasn’t long in coming. One of my .NET for Apache Spark docker images was even used during … more

.NET for Apache Spark 1.0 is available

Microsoft has released version 1.0 of .NET for Apache® Spark™. The official announcement provides a brief overview of the basic features, performance and the future of .NET for Apache Spark.

It even mentions my docker images, which are now available for version 1.0.0, too. Some of my articles are mentioned on the Open Source Blog as well. A big Thank You to everyone supporting me by trying out the images, providing feedback or contributing in any other way.

Speaking of docker images: In case you didn’t know yet, there are now three different types of … more

.NET for Apache Spark – interactive notebook Docker image

If you are reading this, you are probably aware of my .NET for Apache Spark Docker images that I’ve made available so far. Just recently I’ve added a development image that allows you to easily build .NET for Apache Spark with VS Code in a browser. Today I want to introduce you to the latest member of the family:

The .NET for Apache Spark interactive notebook Docker image.

Jupyter Notebooks

In case you are not aware of what Jupyter Notebooks are, here’s a quick summary quote from the Jupyter project site.

The Jupyter Notebook

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Build .NET for Apache Spark with VS Code in a browser

Build .NET for Apache Spark with VS Code in a browser

My last article explained how you can use .NET for Apache Spark together with Entity Framework to stream data to an SQL Server. There is one caveat though. You have to build Microsoft.Spark.Worker yourself.
This time I’ll show you how you can actually build .NET for Apache Spark with VS Code in a browser yourself, including building and running the C# examples.

Setting up your own development environment to build and test .NET for Apache Spark can be tricky and time-consuming. However, as a regular reader, you are probably aware that I like to use docker … more

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