As if I needed more.
I’ll be sitting at the blogger table and blogging live (as live as I get) during the keynotes. It should be fun. As I said on Twitter, this means I get to pick on the cool kids. Life is good.
Thursday I’ll be doing a book signing with Apress between 12:30PM-1:00PM across from the Summit bookstore. I don’t have a clue which book we’re talking about since they’ll be supplying it. I hope it’s the Performance Tuning one, but it might be the Introduction one. Either way, that’s another place to track me down & say hello.
In addition to my keynote blogging, I’ll put up a summary for each day of the summit just like last year. It’s looking to be a great summit.
I had no idea, but evidently I started a bit of a donny-brook. Cool!
Quest Connect 2009 is occurring even as I type this. Get on over there if you’re interested in some free training. I recorded a session on understanding execution plans. But even better, there are live sessions with some great people. Stop reading this, click the link, get yourself some free training.
The PASS Summit agenda is shaping up and it’s already looking to be much busier than last year. The latest is the Birds of a Feather lunch. It’s lunch with an MVP. At least 50 different MVP’s will be hosting a table each. At each table a topic of discussion will be hosted by the MVP present. It should be a lot fun. It’ll be a great way to meet people and share war stories, tips, approaches, what ever. The list of topics and the MVP’s leading are available here at Mike Walsh’s blog.
I’ll be hosting a table on Team Development. I crack jokes about beating up developers, but really I see them as partners and teammates. We’re all working towards a common goal, delivering the product, whatever it is, in a timely and efficient manner. If you’re interested in talking about ways to improve teamwork or sharing horror stories about failed teams, please stop by and chat for a bit.
The first article should be out within a week or so (knock wood).
I hav a winner for the contest to help us pick the artwork for the cover. Leo Pasta. Congrats. Get in touch with me at: grantedd -at- gmail.com so that I can send you your prize.
The Southern New England SQL Server Users Group’s October meeting was a bit sparsely attended with 7 attendees. The sponsor for the night was ApexSQL. The presenation was by AJ Dharmapuri who spoke on using DMV’s.
Barbara Sampson, SNESSUG Treasurer, did a demo of ApexSQL’s SQLEdit. It’s a pretty powerful TSQL coding and scripting tool. There’s a lot of functionality that worked in a very snappy way during the demo and looked great. I may need to spend some time with their products to see if we can put them to work. As part of the sponsorship, we gave away a license for the Apex SQL Univeral Studio. Quite a prize.
I was very excited to see AJ’s presentation for a few reasons. First, because he presented on DMV’s, based on an article he wrote that will soon be published in SQL Server Central. Next, because AJ is presenting for the very first time (and it’s a shame he didn’t get a bigger audience). Finally, because assuming he likes it and works with it, then SNESSUG has another speaker (it’s hard to get people to speak in Rhode Island).
He was great! He broke down the discussion by identifying common situations, such as, what is running on the server right now. Based on the situation, AJ showed which DMV’s or DMF’s would help you answer the question or address the situation best. His knowledge was good, presentation skills were solid, he explained things very well and definitely said “uh” a lot less than I usually do. It was a useful bit of knowledge, well presented and well received. Congrats AJ, well done.