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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Notes on the 2009 South Florida Code Camp

As I mentioned last week I drove to Miramar for the South Florida Code Camp, arriving in time for the Friday night speaker party that we (End to End Training) hosted, and spent a great three hours just talking shop. Saturday morning I went over about 7:30 to see how things were going, no line at registration, plenty of people already moving about. Had about 8 sponsors on site, probably more than were web only. Everything started smoothly and host Dave Noderer seemed unstressed - a good sign! I spent a couple hours in the morning heads down on a project I needed to get done, then spent some more time wandering and looking in on sessions. Lunch was the standard pizza & soda, but I saw quite a few hit the on site cafeteria (snack bar?) and I got take out from Subway.

My session was right after lunch, I did my presentation on statistics to a crowd of just over 30. Had some good questions, and more DBA's than I expected - probably half the audience, more than I usually see at a Code Camp. I left to head home about 3:30, it's a long drive and I wanted to get home at a decent time. I had a follow up email from Dave, more than 800 registered, verified more than 650 attended. Truly amazing to get that many people to attend an event, I wish Orlando Code Camp (coming soon!) would grow to that size.

The only negative I heard was a few people got cold pizza, but even they were still smiling. Everything else seemed smooth to me, both as an attendee and as a speaker. Wait - one thing; Dave, next year can we have real half and half and not that yucky powdered stuff?


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