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#021: Why your data team needs version control newsletter Nov 26, 2022

The fastest route to problems is going straight to Production.

It feels easy in the short-term, but becomes a mess in the long-term.

But it’s shocking how many teams still do this.

So...

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#020: What to Learn First as a Data Engineer newsletter Nov 19, 2022

The biggest hurdle to data engineering is getting started.

But everyday it feels like there’s a new tool, technology or best practice.

This whirlwind of information makes learning impossible....

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#019: 3 Time-Saving dbt Cloud Features newsletter Nov 12, 2022

Teams love dbt Core for its customization.

But some of the best automation is already pre-built on dbt Cloud.

With a free-for-life developer seat, why not take advantage?

Today I’ll share 3...

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#018: Lessons Going from Snowflake to BigQuery newsletter Nov 05, 2022

Snowflake was my intro to cloud databases and where I’m most comfortable.

But my last 2 clients used Google BigQuery.

I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a learning curve.

Today,...

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#017: The 3 Pillars of Data Engineering newsletter Oct 29, 2022

Since 2016 I’ve worked on 7 data platforms in all sizes.

Nowadays, I can grasp an architecture within a few conversations.

But in the early days I often felt lost and overwhelmed.

Today,...

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#016: How to Turn Bad Code Into Respect newsletter Oct 22, 2022

One day you will deploy a breaking change.

Yet many engineers will try to avoid responsibility.

But those who step up and solve problems are most respected.

Today, I want to share how to recover...

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#015: How I Became More Efficient as a Data Engineer newsletter Oct 15, 2022

“Don't mistake activity with achievement.”.

This quote by coach John Wooden summarizes my early career.

Always feeling busy, but how much was truly productive?

Today, I want to share...

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#014: Manage & Scale Your Database with Automation newsletter Oct 08, 2022

 After 8 years of working with databases, I love to be hands-on with managing them.

But this mentality leads to a false sense of control and can even turn into a bottleneck. 

Today,...

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#013: How to Automate & Improve Data Quality newsletter Oct 01, 2022

“If code runs and manual checks pass, then we’re good!”

For most of my 8 years on data teams, this was the extent of Data Quality.

But this leads to sloppy errors that kill user...

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#012: Don’t Sleep on Open-Source Data Viz Tools newsletter Sep 11, 2022

In this edition, I’m sharing 3 questions to ask before spending another dollar on a reporting tool.

Less than a decade ago, the options for data visualization were limited to a few big...

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#011: Revealing The Biggest Myth of Data Engineering newsletter Aug 28, 2022

Myth: You need a computer science degree be a Data Engineer.

It's a highly technical field that takes years to learn.

Most job postings mention the degree and it's the only way to get...

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#010: Life after SQL: Key Topics for Modern Engineers newsletter Aug 14, 2022

Data engineers today are expected to do much more than write SQL queries. 

You’ll often own areas of automation, infrastructure, integrations, security and more.

It can feel overwhelming...

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