Conferences and Classes

SQLBits 2022 Day 1 Keynote

SQLBits
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Conferences are back, baby! I’m in London for SQLBits 2022, the biggest Microsoft data conference in Europe. This year’s theme is classic video games, and it’s been really cool to see the 8-bit logos and games all over the ExCel Center. Today is the Microsoft keynote. It’s called Level Up with Azure Data, hosted by…
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Registration is Open Now for My SQLBits Workshop!

SQLBits
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Registration just opened up for my SQLBits workshop on Mastering Parameter Sniffing! Move fast – due to COVID, they’re spacing out the attendees, so there are even less seats available than usual. My workshops usually sell out quickly, so if you want a seat, you’ll need to hustle in. Here’s the session abstract: You’re a…
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I’m Not Ready for Maskless Conferences Serving Finger Food.

At a conference in Belgium this week, Steve Jones posted a video: A real conference experience. Excellent crowd at @datamindsbe pic.twitter.com/TGZmw5PdmC — way0utwest ?? (He/Him/His) (@way0utwest) October 11, 2021 My first reaction was, “That’s an awful lot of people in really close proximity, talking loudly at each other, and none of them are wearing masks.”…
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We Lost Gareth Swanepoel.

Community
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Thirteen years ago, I met Gareth Swanepoel (@GarethSwan) for the first time, interviewed him for his first real sysadmin job, and … turned him down. Gareth Swanepoel circa 2007 Thankfully, my manager overruled me and hired him anyway. Thank goodness – and thank goodness Gareth forgave me for my incredibly bad judgment, hahaha. Gareth proved…
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As an Attendee, What’s Important to You In a New Data Community?

Conferences and Classes
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With PASS shutting down, it’s time to think about what the community builds in its place. There are a lot of efforts going towards building replacements for PASS, including Microsoft’s own efforts. Because these efforts are often led by active community volunteers, they’re very well in touch with what event organizers, sponsors, and speakers want…
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How to Learn SQL Server in One Year

Conferences and Classes
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You’ve been using Microsoft SQL Server for a few years, and it’s becoming increasingly important to your job. You can write a query, but… You feel like something’s missing. You attended a few local user groups or meetups before the quarantines hit, but you were disappointed at how scattered the sessions were. The material was…
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