|SQL Saturday #63 Dallas Schwag|
This was my second SQL Saturday after attending the one in Houston earlier in the year. I was curious to see if this one would be as awesome as my first. Now, I am excited about the prospect of a Texas Trifecta in Austin later in the year.
SQL Saturday is an almost free, all day event dedicated to all things SQL Server. I saw almost-free since you will still have travel costs: hotel, gas, rental car, meals, etc. However, I think this is the best bang for the buck that you will find anywhere.
Dallas' SQL Saturday was held on April 2nd at the Region 10 Education Service Center. All of the conference rooms were very nice and had adequate audiovisual equipment. However, in between the sessions, the hallways and common areas were a little cramped. I think it would have been better if a few more conference rooms were availble. This way, the vendor and networking areas could have been hosted there, thus alleviating some of the congestion.
Friday, before the event, Idera hosted a casual meet and greet at Wizard's Sports Cafe. This was an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow attendees, have a cold beer, and display your lack of pool skills.
SQL Saturday itself is a great way to meet other DBAs from across the state and the country. You can talk shop, trade horror stories, and even get feedback on your resume.
Saturday, the official networking event was held at Dave and Busters. There was free food to much on, other attendees to trade notes with, and presenters to pepper with more questions.
|SQL Saturday #63 Schedule|
I began my morning with a deep dive on Solid State Storage with Wes Brown (blog | twitter). He took us through the differences amongst the various vendors. Additionally, we learned about some of the gotchas that come along with flash storage, and what the difference between enterprise and consumer grade was.
Next, I took in Kevin Kline's (blog | twitter) presentation on SQL Internals and Architecture. This was a lively show and the room was literally standing room only. Afterwards, Kevin was very gracious and took the time for some one-on-one questions from me.
For the afternoon, I checked out Kevin Boles' (blog | twitter) session on Parallel Query Execution. He have us all the basics and showed up what all the options available with sp_configure mean. In addition to sharing his technical skills with us, he also displayed his sense of humor while dealing with a heckler.
To close out the day, I saw Suresh Kandoth (blog | twitter) give a lesson on Database Availability and Recovery. This is an area that we all have to deal with from time to time. Having some knowledge of the fundamentals will help make things easier when the time comes.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
|Deep Ellum Music|
If you have never been to a SQL Saturday, then you are missing out. It is a great way to get some nice training, make some new friends, and re-energize yourself about SQL Server.