Category Archives: PASS

SQL Saturday #63 – Dallas: Wrap-up

SQL Saturday #63 – Dallas was a great event. The venue was great, although parking was a little unclear (I had to walk all the way around the building to get in.) Breakfast was good, but I’m always disappointed when there are no breakfast juices, just coffee, cola or water.

I Attended Rob Sullivan’s (blog | twitter) session on ORMs. I always like having a different perspective of topics I talk about. He did a good job of showing what to watch out for, but not demonizing ORMs as is often done. David Stein’s (blog | twitter) talk on Zombie Databases was excellent. David was very entertaining to listen to. If you ever get a chance to hear him present, do so.

After lunch it was time for my session, “So What can I do with Powershell ?” (Resources) I got off to a good start: [qtweet 54249436800483328] I was trying to make a clean joke and this came out instead. Oops. Other than that misstep, my session went really well. I was getting plenty of questions and interaction. I think this session was better since I used feedback given by Paul Randal (blog | twitter) when I gave a short presentation in front of him. Stay in front of the audience, not your computer and don’t block your mouth with your hands. I found I’m a much better presenter when I’m standing as it corrects both of those issues.

The gelato breaks were awesome!

I spent an hour talking with Idera about their interaction with the community and it sounds like they’re starting to get it. Quest, Redgate, Confio, and SQL Sentry have been doing community for a while and it’s nice to see the other big vendor get in the game as well.

During the closing ceremonies and raffle, I won a freaking iPad 1 being given away by Fusion-io. Before I had sat down from receiving my prize, I had won the Telerik Ultimate Collection. Talk about lucky, since “I never win anything!!”. I do have intentions to give away the Telerik collection to someone who’ll really use them, after all, what’s a DBA going to do with RAD controls. If you or someone you know does UI development, or forced to do UI development without any help, let me know.

Thanks to NTSSUG (blog | twitter) for putting on a great event.

Presenting for the PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter

On Wednesday, February 16 at 2:00pm CST I’ll be presenting “.NET Powers Activate! Form of PowerShell!” to the PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter.

PowerShell’s cmdlets can be pretty powerful on their own, but that’s only part of the power of PowerShell. The .NET Framework is the basis of the PowerShell environment. As such, you have a vast library of operations at your disposal. Learn to use its abilities and save the day without needing a monkey with a bucket.

Update: Here are the files to go along with the presentation. .NET Powers Activate! Form of PowerShell!

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SQL Saturday #57 Slides, Code & Video

This past weekend I spoke at SQL Saturday #57 in Houston, TX.

I want to thank the local PASS chapter HASSUG, the organizers Nancy Wilson (blog | twitter), Jonathan Gardner (blog | twitter), Malik Al-Amin (twitter), the volunteers, the other speakers, and the attendees. It was a great event with a great venue.

I especially want to thank those attendees who chose my sessions out of the many other great ones.

Slides, Code & Video

So What Can I Do With PowerShell?

ORMs for the DBA


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*Thanks to the MidnightDBAs for lending me their mic for this recording.

PASS Summit 2010

I’ve added banners in support of the PASS Summit this year. Don’t forget to order the DVDs.

About the Summit:

Organized by SQL Server users for SQL Server users, PASS Summit 2010 is the largest and most renowned Microsoft SQL Server and BI conference in the world. Join thousands of SQL Server professionals at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle Nov. 8-11, 2010. Learn more: www.sqlpass.org/na2010

Growing the PASS Summit speaker pool: Encouragement vs. Discouragement

Allen Kinsel and Jeremiah Peschka recently posted about growing the pool of speakers for the PASS Summit.

Instead of worrying about limiting current presenters, we need to encourage new ones. How about forming mentoring program? I want to get better at speaking so that I could, in a year or two, try to present at the summit. Unfortunately, I need someone, other than myself, pushing me to speak AND providing honest feedback and encouragement. It’s tough to speak at a user group and get absolutely no feedback.

Having just recently moved to an area with a minimally functioning PASS chapter and .NET user group, opportunities are rarer. Why not start a fund to help with local travel. Offer to pay for gas and find volunteers that would offer their couch for an overnight stay.

There are people out there that want to gain the experience necessary. Let’s find them, encourage and enable them to do so. We need to invest in the future.