Monday, January 25, 2010

SQL Saturday #32 Recap

SQL Saturday #32 was a great success this past weekend!

Pam Shaw (@pamshaw) and Jorge Segarra(@SQLChicken) did a great job organizing this event!

Thanks to KForce for hosting the event and to all the sponsors for picking up the costs.

If you missed this event, you also missed out on some of the best food ever at a SQL Saturday!  Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City did a great job with the speaker/volunteer dinner Friday night.  The day of the event all attendees got a taste of Ybor from “Latam at the Centro” for lunch.  BEST LUNCH I HAVE EVER HAD AT A SQL SATURDAY! 

Hmmm. Best lunch I’ve had in a while.

It was great to meet the following SQL Tweeps in person: @adam_jorgensen, Argenis Fernandez(@afernandez), David Taylor(@dyfhid), @GarethSwan, Jason Strate(@StrateSQL), Aaron Nelson(@SQLvariant),and Jeff Truman(@jtruman0917). I hope I didn’t miss anybody.

Great to see these tweeps again: @brianknight, @cmille19, @GratefulDBA, @patrickdba, @unclebigguns, @leighfreijo,

Thank you @devfish for REAL Cafe Con Leche in Latam’s Room B during the PowerShell sessions!

Met my first Father/Son DBA duo, Mike Nelson and Aaron Nelson (@SQLVariant). The father is an Oracle DBA, the son does SQL Server.  I wonder if they ever have any Oracle vs. SQL Server debates at home???

My presentation “Database Hardening With PowerShell” went well using my recently won Dell Mini 10v.  No performances issues at all while running PowerPoint Viewer, PowerShell V2, and SQL Server 2008 for my demos. I was the third of three presenters on PowerShell.

I put a plug in for the Tampa PowerShell User Group starting up in March 2010 at the end of my talk.

Why do I go to SQL Saturday events? Because of the people I meet, the variety of sessions, the chance to learn something new, and I enjoy volunteering as a speaker.

If you had attended SQL Saturday #32, a few things you would have learned are:

The MVP Deep Dives book has a PowerShell chapter worth the price of admission.

Ed Wilson’s PowerShell V2 Best Practices book is available.

It’s a good idea for a DBA to learn SSRS for their own reporting purposes.

I had to leave early so I missed some sessions I wanted to attend but all attendees will upload their slide decks in the new few days to the SQL Saturday web site.

I did snag a T-shirt from my favorite vendor Red Gate Software!

My FIFTH SQL Saturday is complete.

If you missed SQL Saturday #32 and my presentation, I will be at Orlando PASS on February 9, 2010 to do it again.