yeah it was a great pleasure to read that That blog pulls some major traffic, we see many people coming from that site, lots of engagement
Also heartwarming to read all the replies (including yours) below the article. Made our day!
(edit) I also didn't know Azure databases now work with a real server so metadata can be retrieved. I added connection resilience (transient error recovery) to the SQL Server driver so this should work OK now It's in the 5.2.1 hotfix build