No I’m not talking about something to take notes on during the sessions (you’ll want that as well, either paper or digital). But you’ll want to bring some business cards. Even if you aren’t a consultant, business cards are a great way to give someone your contact info so that you can get in touch later to talk about what ever it is that needs following up on.
You may have a technical question that you want to give someone more info about, or a business idea, or maybe you ran into someone who works in the same area of the world as you and you want to get together for lunch and chat somewhere slightly less crazy than the summit. Being able to hand out cards is a much better idea than having everyone write your info down on their hand like back in high school. One spilled drink and all that contact info would be lost.
Now personally I’ve gone a step further and made it even easier to get my contact info from my card into your phone or computer. When you look at the back of my cards you’ll see a Microsoft Tag that will automatically put my contact info into your phone when you use the Microsoft Tag viewer to take a picture of it. These tags are great, and free because personally I hate entering a few dozen new contacts into Outlook (I’ve got an app on my phone call CamCard that will do most of the work these days). And the logo that the Microsoft Tag uses is all colorful adding a little extra splash of color. If you don’t want to use a Microsoft tag, you can also use a QR Code to do the same kind of thing.
Now it’s probably to late to order cards in time for the PASS summit without paying a fortune for shipping, but if you don’t have any you can hit up Office Max or the Fed Ex stores (the ones that used to be Kinko’s) as they both have same day printing options that look OK (the paper stock they use isn’t the best) and won’t kill you on price. If you are really desperate you can grab the print at home kits. I’ve tried these and wasn’t all that thrilled with the results, but I was printing on a ink-jet printer. If you have access to a nice color laser printer at the office you might be better results.
If you run into someone that you’d like to get in touch with later, give them your card and get one back from them. We pay for these things for a reason, lets use them to make some new friends.
Well this weekend was a very stressful weekend for about 764 of the Microsoft MVPs world wide, including myself. You see this weekend was October 1st which is a Microsoft MVP award day. This means that these 764 Microsoft MVPs woke up this morning and frantically checked there email looking for a notice from Microsoft saying that they had been awarded the Microsoft MVP award again. There were 143 MVPs who received the award for the first time.
Apparently someone at Microsoft enjoys my writing and speaking as well as getting yelled at by me. Because when I got up on the 1st I found a nice email in my mailbox from Microsoft telling me that I had been awarded the Microsoft MVP award again.
Congrats to all the other October MVP award winners both new and re-awarded MVPs.
May thanks to my wife Kris for letting me spend all on my free time working on various stuff for the community. And thanks to everyone in the community to buying books, coming to my webcasts and to come see me speak at the various events. The SQL Server MVP award wouldn’t exist without the great community that we have here in the SQL Server community.
For those of you attending the SQL PASS summit, if you are interested in picking up a copy of the second edition of the MVP Deep Dives book you’ll have a chance to not only pick it up at the summit, but also get it signed by a large portion of the books authors.
There will be two signing sessions, the first on Wednesday from 1pm until 1:30pm between the expo and dining halls (4th floor). The second session will be Friday morning from 7:15am until 8:am in room 211 on the second floor (by the escalators). I make no claims to how awake, sober or polite the MVPs will be at 7:15am on Friday morning.
If you are wondering when you’ll have time to pick up the book before the Wednesday book signing session, the onsite book store will be open all day or Wednesday from the time the exhibit hall opens (if not earlier) and they are opening on Tuesday evening during the welcome reception so you can pick up a copy then.
If you can’t make it to the signing, or the author you were looking for isn’t there for some reason because they are still drunk then look for people wearing the “MVP Deep Dives Author” flag from their badges. If you haven’t been to the submit before, you’ll see what I mean pretty quickly.
See you at the summit.
So this is the all important SQL Karaoke wrist band post. In order to get your SQL Karaoke wrist band you must head over the NEC booth on Wednesday during the exhibit hall hours and talk to the fine folks that will be working there. If they decide that you are worthy they will grace you with an all powerful wristband which will get you some free drinks at Bush Garden that night. Now keep in mind that there are a limited number of wristbands available.
Now myself and our awesome NEC rep will be arriving at 9:30 at Bush Garden (possibly even together). Anything you drink before 9:30pm IS ON YOUR TAB. Once the tab is open its first come, first served. Don’t be greedy, we have a budget so don’t be drinking all of it. We want the budget to last so that everyone can enjoy our sponsors amazing generosity, so I’ll say it again, don’t be a putz.
When the drinks run out, they run out. If you get there late and the budget is gone, then sorry. Crying to me will get some big old puppy dog eyes with my most polite and heartfelt “so sorry”. Once the budget runs out I’ll grab the mic and let you know that you’ll need to open your own tab in a way that is truly “me”.
If when you get to the NEC booth the folks there don’t know what you are talking let me know on Twitter or email and I’ll get my guy down there to straighten them out. There shouldn’t be any problems, we’ve got their marketing department running the show there.
Don’t forget to tip the nice lady that brings you the drinks and the KJ who lets us abuse him for the night.
If you haven’t had a chance to get signed up for SQL Server Days in Belgium (November 14th and 15th) now is the time. The early bird discount ends Friday meaning that when you remember to sign up on Monday the price goes from €79 to €99.
Now if you aren’t interested in saving €20 then by all means wait until Monday, but if it was up to me I’d want to save that €20 for someone else (good beer comes to mind), so go and sign up now. I’ll wait.
Not sure why you want to go to SQL Server Days?
The answer to that is simple. There is a lot of top name speaker talent flying in, and they want to meet you at the event. You’ve got some of the biggest speakers in the community speaking at this event. Chris Webb (blog) is going to be speaking on SQL Server Analysis Services and the new DAX queries. Jennifer Stirrup (blog | @jenstirrup) will be talking about the iPad and PowerPivot and how to get BI solutions into the hands of mobile users. Kevin Kline (blog | twitter) will be talking about thoubleshooting SQL Server and much, much more.
Now stop reading and go sign up already and save yourself the €20. I’ll see you there on the 14th and 15th.
Recently I was working with a client, and the client wanted to send me a batch of SQL Server execution plans (about 300 of them) in a single file. Normally I would just connect to the SQL Server and view the queries from there, but the client hadn’t gotten me VPN access to their network yet, so that wasn’t an option. I didn’t really want to copy and paste the plans from the text file that they sent me one at a time, so I threw a little app together and figured that I should post it online in case any one else runs into this problem. Just give it the big text file and point it towards an empty folder then click go.
RedGate’s SQL In The City is coming to the amazing Skirball Center in Los Angeles just a couple of weeks after the PASS summit. This is a great change to see some great presentations giving by some of the top speakers in the SQL Server community (who all happen to be great friends of mine).
The speakers (including myself) are:
- Steve Jones, SQL Server MVP
- Brad McGehee, SQL Server MVP
- Grant Fritchey, SQL Server MVP
- Denny Cherry, SQL Server MVP
- Kalen Delaney SQL Server MVP
- Aaron Nelson SQL Server MVP
- Ike Ellis SQL Server MVP
All this for the amazing low price of zero, zip, nada, nothing. If you’ll be in town, or you can be in town this is a great opportunity to get some absolutely amazing SQL Server training. Now is the time to register for the event and reserve yourself a seat before they are all gone.
See you at the Skirball center, and at the party after.
As you may or may not know, the SQL Server MVPs put out a book last year called the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives in which the proceeds of the book went to charity. The MVPs have done a second volume of the book with once again the proceeds of the book going to charity. This time around we as a group chose Operation Smile as the charity. Now this isn’t an update to the first book, but a totally different book done under the same premise.
A large number of the MVPs submitted topic ideas and those who’s ideas were accepted (they didn’t want 10 chapters on PowerShell for example) were asked to write a chapter on that topic. My chapter was on Storage (shocking I know) and got put in as Chapter 5. You can see the chapter list over on Manning’s site (they are the publisher). Currently you can’t pre-order from Manning, but you can from Amazon. If you wait until you can get the book from Manning directly the charity will get a few extra bucks, but if you don’t want to wait we all totally understand.
Rumor has it that there will be another SQL Server Deep Dives book signing at the PASS summit this year. If you are interested in getting your book signed by a large number of the authors this is your chance. There aren’t that many times when this many of the authors are in the same room at the same time. There hasn’t been any announcement about where or when it will be, but you should be able to pick up a copy of the book at the PASS summit book store so you don’t have to lug a copy from home then back home again. I know that when the MVPs did the last MVP Deep Dives book the book store did sell out and they had to do a rush overnight over to get more copies for everyone.
I’ll see you at the PASS summit, and hopefully you’ll be carrying around a copy of the new SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
OK, so that’s a total lie. I can barely ask for a beer correctly in Spanish. However for my Spanish speaking readers you will not be able to find my blog posts in Spanish. My good friend Felipe Zuñiga (blog | @felipezuniga_) has begun translating this blog into Spanish, which he is then posting up on his blog.
I’m not sure how far back Felipe will be translating (there are currently over 600 posts on this site, so I’m guessing that not all of them will be done), but many of the new posts that I write he’ll be translating. I think this is awesome for Felipe to do as this will increase the amount of information available to people in their native language, and all done in his spare time. If you see Felipe at a conference or user group meeting, be sure to buy the man a beer. Translating technical content is probably about the hardest thing that you can do, and he is doing this all for free.
This last weekend was SQL Saturday 95, and it was a great event. I was speaking during 5 sessions. Three were my own sessions, and two were panels (one panel I did solo as my co-presenter got sick and couldn’t make it). For my three sessions you’ll find my slide decks below.
I hope that everyone had as good a time at SQL Saturday as I did.
P.S. Something to note, don’t leave early after your raffle ticket is drawn. We had so many great prizes that we ran out of raffle tickets and had to start drawing evals from the box for prize winners, so you might have won something else if you stuck around till the end.