I have several topics I want to write about later this week, but first I want to quickly talk about the SQL Saturday DC event I attended a few days ago. For those of you who don’t already know, SQL Saturday events are annual free networking and training events that happen all year long all around the world.
This year was extra-special for me because I attended my first in-person training session with Brent Ozar at his “Performance Tuning When You Can’t Fix The Queries” pre-con on Friday. Without getting into the details, I’ll just say that it was informative and thought-provoking but light and humorous at times as well. If you have the opportunity to attend one, I highly recommend it.
The actual SQL Saturday event was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and network. One of the highlights was finally meeting Steve Jones. As some of you know, I’ve been helping people at Ask SQL Server Central for years and was recently made a moderator there. Well, I can thank Steve for that opportunity because he is one of the founders of SQL Server Central. I also saw Monica Rathbun whom I had previously only known online. I had the pleasure of meeting and having lengthy conversations with Chris Bell, William Wolf, and Reeves Smith. I won’t list everyone else here, but I met several other people and saw some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. All of that was in addition to sitting in some great sessions on SQL tuning (Brent Ozar), Service Broker (William Wolf), tSQLt (Steve Jones), and test-driven SSIS with Biml (Reeves Smith).
Special thanks to Chris Bell, Matt Velic, Paul Rizza, Andrew Notarian, and all of the others who helped make the event a success.