May 26, 2017
The big changes coming in SQL Server 2017 are the Linux version and the addition of Python as a language used to analyze data. In SQL Server 2016, we had the R language added, and quite a few people have been on crash courses learning R, or worrying about the fact they don't understand how to write an R script. Now many of these same DBAs and data professionals worry that they also need to find time to pick up some Python and Linux.
I really like Python. I spent some time with the language and still dabble here and there. It's a clean, easy to write and read language. My son took an intro CS course this spring in college and we shared some programming thoughts and ideas in Python. If you're interested, I'd recommend the Dive Into Python book, as well as the meeting series from SDTIG. If you want to learn R, I've been dabbling at TryR from CodeSchool. There are also resources from Grant Fritchey and Buck Woody. For Linux, there are tons of resources out on the Internet. I don't have a recommendation, but feel free to leave one in the discussion.
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