Maps and Paths

A brief twitter exchange triggered some thoughts about expectations and how those determine whether something is a good A, a passable B or a terrible C. Paths When you want to go somewhere and you do not know the way, you need directions. Somebody or something needs to show you the path to follow. That’s Maps and Paths

Not a New Year’s thing

Happy New Year, dear reader! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing time between Christmas and New Years Eve with your thoughts away from work. I can say, I did. During this time I took the opportunity to finish some thoughts on my engagement with the SAP Community Platform¬†(SCP) where I have been a Not a New Year’s thing

What’s your number?

Have you been using the ISNUMERIC() function of MySQL, MS SQL Server or PostgreSQL and wondered what to use in SAP HANA instead? If so, this is the blog for you. Just recently I’ve seen a customer using my old workaround (first published here) and then a few days later the related stackoverflow question got What’s your number?

HANA backtrace 36/2017

What to read? Whom to follow? One of the important things to pick up in any community is finding out who are the people that usually have good, funny or interesting content. Many community platforms make it easy to find out who are the “leading contributors”, the “heroes”, “aces” etc.Currently, the platform SAP Community is HANA backtrace 36/2017

HANA gets stripped

This is going to be one of those weird blog posts, that basically convey just a single piece of information, but since the new SAP Community platform doesn’t really care for WIKI/document style knowledge storage, I had to come up with a click-bait title to make it a blog post. I’ve written before on installing HANA gets stripped

A new feature! YAY!?

A recent discussion in the SAP internal JAM community for HANA made me aware of a feature added to HANA SQL starting with HANA 1 SPS 12 (don’t ask the revision, just check the latest), respectively HANA 2 SPS 02 (we don’t speak about SPS 00 and SPS 01, do we?): “calculated columns”. Generated <> A new feature! YAY!?

What HANA needs now is some…

… logging! Yes, you just got click-baited into reading this advertisement¬†for a product enhancement idea that I posted:¬†Standard logging facility for SQLScript The idea here is simple: when you write application logic in SQLScript then you very likely want to have the option to log what your program does. This is not the logging I What HANA needs now is some…