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Notes from the July 2014 ONETUG Meeting

  • Rained as I left (early) for the meeting, confirming again why I always leave early – stuff happens (in Orlando, rain = commute time * 1.5 or more)
  • New location for ONETUG in the Orlando Public Library downtown, public parking garage directly across the street ($2/hour)
  • Meeting was on the 2nd floor in the new Melrose Center. Gorgeous space. Only downside was no whiteboard/flip chart (a miss on my part to not ask ahead of time). Note that they wouldn’t let me in early, so I found a table in the library to go over my presentation until they opened up the meeting space. I also stopped by the used book store and spent a few dollars.
  • About 30 people attended, I think that’s pretty good for a stormy evening
  • I forgot the SQLSaturday flyers! But mentioned it several times as did Esteban (and I’ll send a follow up today).
  • My plan was to get a sense of the audience and then take them through some demos of the performance tools, but I also had in mind to adapt to how they responded to the first few minutes. I ended up just explaining things – no demo, no supporting deck – for the hour. Lots of great questions as I took them through why things work (or don’t) with simple scenarios they could visualize. Lots of fun to just engage directly.
  • Speakers, here’s a phrase I use that can connect you to developers: SQL Server was written by developers. One of my goals is to get them to understand that SQL is a tremendously complex product and getting them to think about the “how” engages them. You can see them light up when I talk about being smart about read ahead reads, flushing out least use plans, etc, etc, not just because it’s interesting but because they get the work involved.
  • Sign in for the meeting was on a web page, an experiment that worked ok, but not great
  • No name badges and not much real networking, I think they could do more there
  • July seems like a great month for someone from oPASS/MagicPASS to visit ONETUG (as lead-in to SQLSaturday) and we should look at the corollary for Code Camp
  • I had a great time. Thanks to Esteban and team for inviting me!

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.

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