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SQLAndy

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 From The February 2014 oPASS Meeting

Live notes from the meeting.

  • Attendance is low tonight, about 10 people (though it was well advertised, I got quite a few reminders – a good thing)
  • Yesterday was Karla Landrum’s birthday!
  • Met two new people (one was a sponsor, that sort of counts)
  • Good coverage of upcoming events, would like to see more push on the upcoming Orlando Code Camp
  • Meeting sponsored by Tek Systems. Astoundingly I won the drawing for a $25 gift card. I think first time I’ve ever won (and to be fair, rare that my name was ever in the drawing)
  • Presentation tonight is “Build a mapping service and real-time interactive map” by Santosh Hari
  • Good intro to GIS very high level concepts
  • Big advantage of SQL Server is built-in ability to visualize maps
  • Bring the data into SQL whenever possible
  • 2008 is good enough, some improvements in 2012
  • Get slides for source for sample data and a loading tool
  • Google king of maps, but there are other sources (chart in slide that compares services, different reasons to pick each)
  • Topic thoughts:
    • GIS a very tough sell to the average DBA crowd – just doesn’t get used much. Maybe less than it should, but relatively rare compared to the rest.
    • I think the topic for tonight suffered from a topic/abstract that didn’t quite align to average attendee interests – but with a tweak or two I think it would have!Presentation notes:
    • Speakers, remember to figure out resolution and font size before the session starts. One big reason to fight for your 10 minutes to set up
  • Some presentation thoughts:
    • Always good to commit to sharing slides, but often attendees will take notes – remember that slides don’t entirely replace notes, you may have said something that triggered a thought only sort of related to the slide, an idea for work for example
    • I’m thinking there are times when two projectors would be useful – dual screens, one for slides and one for demo

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