Friday, January 02, 2015

SQL Saturday

There are a lot of places that you can learn about Microsoft's database package - MS SQL Server. Not much training, as you've probably learned, is just free for the having. Here's the exception!

The PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) is an organisation that you can join for free. It has chapters - mostly local to your geography but some virtual. For me, Philadelphia is my local chapter - PSSUG. Philadelphis SQL Server Users Group runs a meeting monthly, two sub-groups quarterly, and a SQL Saturday annually. The next one is due on June 6th, 2015.

2014 was a bumper year for SQL Saturdays for me:
2014.03.01................ #268 ................North Haven, CT
2014.03.22................ #277 ................Richmond, VA
2014.06.07................ #294 ................Philadelphia, PA
2014.06.21................ #303 ................Rochester, NY
2014.06.28................ #293 ................Portland, ME
2014.07.26................ #302 ................Albany, NY
2014.10.04................ #315 ................Pittsburgh, PA
2014.10.18................ #314 ................Providence, RI
2014.11.01................ #337 ................Portland, OR
2014.12.06................ #347 ................Washington DC
Ten events in all, including 2 pre-con days, as well as going to a full week of Brent Ozar's BDA and Query Troubleshooting courses !

I can't see me doing anything like that many in 2015, but I'll be trying for some!

2015.03.21 ................. #381                 Richmond, VA.............Abandoned for me because of a snow storm!
2015.04.25 ................. #366                 Ottawa, ON...................Coincided with Marillion Weekend 2015 in Montreal
2015.05.16 ................. #383                 Rochester, NY..............This one definitely looks "on"
2015.05.30 ................. #380                 New York City, NY.......Exciting! - last year there wasn't one in NYC!
2015.06.06 ................. #390                 Philadelphia, PA..........My "home" event
2015.07.25 ................. #386                 Albany, NY...................Looks good
2015.10.03 ................. #440                 Pittsburgh, PA..............Looks good

Edinburgh and Dublin on the 13th and 20th of June are looking amazingly attractive - to some extent it depends on what time off I have available, and to some extent it depends on what yarn stores there are in the area !

In addition to the SQL Saturdays, I've also gone to Alan Hirt's Mission-Critical SQL Server training class in Philadelphia on March 30th - April 2nd. That was definitely worth the money and time!

Finally, just to spice up the mix, I'm spending my Saturdays for the next few months taking a Linux Administration course at Avtech in South Plainfield. Looks like it's going to be fun!


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TTFN

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