I recently attended SQL Saturday #256 in Kalamazoo, MI. I got the opportunity to go at the last minute due to some plans being reshuffled; so I eagerly signed up. Oddly, this is my 2nd SQL Saturday event this year at which I did not speak. It gives you a different perspective on the day’s events. I definitely recommend trying it sometime, fellow speakers.
First off, I sat in Aaron Bertrand’s session on T-SQL: Bad Habits and Best Practices. I’ve been wanting to see this one for a while now and finally caught up with Aaron. Next I attended Stacia Misner’s A Big Data Primer. Not very technical but a good perspective on the Big Data movement and where we may be headed. Afterward, I listened to Tamera Clark offer up good advice on SSRS Formatting Tips and Tricks.
After an excellent taco bar lunch, I sat in and listened to my friend Hope Foley speak on Server Side Performance Tuning. Lots of good advice and tips as well. Next up, Tim Ford on the Periodic Table of DMV’s: Collecting Baselines. Tim did an excellent job and I will be definitely be taking a look at his demo scripts. Finally, Karen Lopez and Joey D’Antoni presented on You wouldn’t let HR manage your databases for a great look at managing your career, recruiting, consulting, and insider tips.
I’d like to thank Josh Fennessy and his team of volunteers who did a really good job of organizing the event. Their experience clearly showed through.