Last week Microsoft finally updated Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics with great new features. In this blogpost I explain some new features I use in our projects now.
Using custom code in your Microsoft Stream Analytics Query
- First of all you go to your Microsoft Stream Analytics job and select ‘Function’ and add a new one:
Visual Studio integration for Azure Stream Analytics
One challenge I have with creating queries in Azure Stream Analytics (yes, I am not the best with SQL..) is testing my queries with the data input. I was costing me a lot of time. I was the last weeks part of a private preview of the integration of Azure Stream Analytics in Visual Studio. That is now in public preview(download here). With this add-in you can export (or import) your Microsoft Stream Analytics projects in Visual Studio and test everything locally! Currently only Visual Studio 2015 is supported.
- First or all go to your Server Explorer and navigate to Stream Analytics and hit the export button.
2. Then your complete stream analytics project is exported to Visual Studio 2015. Here you get some great functionalities
- Syntax Highlighting in your queries
- You can write your query and test it directly to testdata! Just hit F5!
- You have off course directly integration with TFS / source control
Low-latency dashboards in Power BI
Another new update is low latency support in your Microsoft Power BI output of Azure Stream Analytics. (Power BI streaming sets). The latency is now much better then some weeks ago. So you get faster insights in your data!
Other new functionalities:
- Native support for Geospatial functions; now you can define geographical areas in your Azure Streaming job.
- Job Diagnostics logs; there is now an integration with Azure Monitoring to better monitor your Stream Analytics Jobs!