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Round Up of Past Week and Upcoming Events.....

Read on to register for cool events, win an iPad2, be inspired, participate in t-sql tuesday, and more!

It's been an extremely busy and exhausting week for me, and many in the SQL Server Community, even though it was shortened here in the US, by our Labor Day Holiday.  The holiday traditionally marks the "end of the summer" for us.   As we head into the fall, it's the last chance to get out the grills and barbecue, goto the beaches, and take our final summer vacation(s).  It's also when many (but not all) students begin to return to school.  September is the month that often marks the transition between Summer and Fall.  But, in the SQL Server World, it's always Summer!  And by that I mean, the fun and excitement never end. 

I also wanted to mention some of the projects I'm involved in as well!

In fact, we're just getting geared up with so many SQL Server Conferences and Events this fall!  We just finished an exhilarating 24 hours, and fantastic event, delivered via LiveMeeting, known as 24 Hours Of Pass or 24HOP.  We got to see some of our awesome sql expert speakers and MVPs, with their informative and insightful SQL Server sessions.  I'm sure we all learned a great deal! Now, chances are we couldn't catch them all, so my understanding is that these sessions will be available for download in a few weeks!

With PASS Summit 2011, SQL Server Connections/DevConnections, SQLIntheCity, various UG meetings, as well as SIX SQLSaturdays in the month of September alone, busy is an understatement!  Here are some more mentionables.


First, speaking of SQLSaturday, SQLSat#94 is next up TOMORROW, in Utah's capitol and most populous place, Salt Lake City. This event will be held Sep 10 2011 at Neumont University.  Now, covering most events in the NY area, why on earth would I be mentioning Utah?  Well, if I'm correct, it's the only state that still has "death by firing squad" - No, that's not why. LOL.  I wanted to mention a few folks who will be presenting there.  Mr. Jason Brimhall, aka SQL RNNR, who maintains a regular blog on SQLServerCentral.com Twitter|Blog, will be doing a presentation on Getting to Know Your DB.  Be sure to come by, and shake hands with Jason :-)  Also, some other locals, SQL Server Experts, Randy Knight and Tjay Belt, both part of SQL Solutions Group will also be speaking. Other MVPs and notables, such as Chris Shaw, Ben Miller, William E.Pearson III, and more!  For a full list of speakers, goto this Speakers link.


 NYC CodeCamp (Autumn) 2011

The NYC CodeCamp (Autumn) 2011 Event is here! Get ready for another NYC CodeCamp, to be held at Pace University in downtown Manhattan, on Saturday, October 01, 2011! This is an all-day event with refreshments served, including breakfast, lunch, and beverages throughout the day. Code Camps are “grass roots” mini application platform developer conferences featuring presentations by developers and for developers.  Although it is developer based, there are several related SQL Server technology sessions.  Logon and click to learn more about the event and submitted sessions, and click to REGISTER,  Registration to the event ends September 26, 2011.

One of the folks involved in the event, is BI Expert and Author (Programming Microsoft SQL Server), Speaker, CEO and Founder of Blue Badge Insights , as well as serving as CTO at Tallan, Andrew Brust.  Not only will be speaking at the NYC Code Camp about BI in SQL Denali, Project Crescent, AS and more on how BI is becoming more mainstream, but Andrew will be one of out key featured speakers at SQLINSPIRE NYC event!  Read more below.


I recently announced in my recent blogSQLPeople INSPIRE NYC is coming to town on November 12, 2011!! From Andy Leonard, and his partner, of SQL Server Magazine, Brian Moran, now Chief Servant Officer at SQL People. I am honored and proud to be joining these two gentlemen, along with NJ SQL User Group Leader and WIT evangelist, Melissa Demcsak, aka SQLDiva, and SQL MVP, Author, Developer and XML expert, Michael Coles, aka Sergeant_SQL.  We also have rising SQL Community Blogger Matt Velic Twitter|Blog who has recently joined SQLPeople! (See the announcement.)

We have a date, we have a venue, and we have great speakers! You’ve seen the interviews. Now, we need you to come and be part of this enlightening experience.

What are you waiting for?  REGISTER NOW!  Seating is limited to 250 capacity! We expect to be standing room only, come this fall.

What: SQLPeople

Where: Microsoft HQ, NYC

When: Saturday, November 12, 2011

Who: Let’s introduce our SQL People speakers. They’re coming from around the nation, and a few locals as well.  We know them, we love them, we read their blogs, we follow them on twitter.  Now, come in person and hear their inspiring stories!  In addition, we have added a mystery speaker to our line-up, to be announced soon!  With such an awesome roster of speakers, what are you waiting for?  Keep reading on how to register!

We welcome to New York City SQLPeople INSPIRE 2011, in no particular order:

  •   Steve Jones
  •   Thomas LaRock
  •   Michael Coles
  •   Andrew Brust
  •   Brian Moran
  •   Robert Pearl
  • ??? Mystery Speaker TBA ???

To register, and get ALL the details you need to know about this super extraordinary awesome event, visit the newly launched page dedicated to SQLPeople INSPIRE NYC  << Click here

On the page, you will find registration and event details, including speaker bios, and the topics that our speakers will be talking about!

 DBA Quiz

To continue on my involvement in the SQL Server Community, some of the projects I committed to, unexpectedly came together in the same month of September.  I feel like Chuck Woolery, who's known for being an American Game Show host to many different shows. 

Back in the spring, I submitted my question for the DBA Quiz as quizmaster for Jacob Sebastian's BeyondRelational.com .  Incidentally, my blog is now being syndicated there, and reminds me of something I need to do :-)  Thanks, Jacob! 

By the way, I submitted my question before a certain publication on the topic, which highlight's the answer, and interestingly pointed out by  a certain author's wife!!  Foul!?  Well, anyway, you can win some great software prizes including an iPad for best answer.

Safe Peak's September SQL Server Performance Story Contest, 2011!

So, do you want a chance to win the next generation IPad2?  I'm going solo, as the host of this exciting and unique contest, brought to us by Safe Peak Technologies, creator of the only plug-n-play caching performance bottleneck resolution software! (Now I'm really sounding like Chuck Woolery ;-) 

Seriously, this is a GREAT contest, and one that's unique in that there are several ways YOU, can win prizes.  Besides the iPad2, you can win Amazon Gift Cards, just for referring the contest to a friend, or participating in the voting, as called 50/50.

All you have to do, is share your experience and sql performance story with us, and you will be entered to win!

To get more details and enter, goto the September  SQL Server Performance Story Contest, 2011!.  Hurry, it ends September 30th!

T-SQL Tuesday #22

In case you didn't hear, T-SQL Tuesday #22 is ON! Tuesday, September 13, 2011.  We almost didn't have one, but Adam Machanic contacted me at the last minute to ask if I wanted to host.  I couldn't turn down the opportunity, and you can read the official: Invitation for T-SQL Tuesday #22 – Data Presentation.  Here's the trailer:

....The topic of this month’s T-SQL Tuesday is, “data-presentation” Or put better, formatting data for presentation to the end-user.

We may be the developers, and techno-geeks behind the code, whether simple, advanced, spaghetti, or otherwise.  But, the data the user sees is most critical.  The query output, the report, or data presentation, must be absolutely formatted in such a way that is easily understandable and readable by the end-user.  The end-user can be the boss, supervisor, department head, the analyst, employees, or customers.  And they must be the ones we cater our queries to!....

Local User Group Meetings

     ** New Jersey SQL Server User Group

On Tuesday, September 20th @ 6pm, the NJ SQL Server User Group will be hosting presenter Leonard Lobel.


Hey, did you know I recently found out that Lenni, is a Brooklyn, NY neighbor?  Small world, small world!


Topic:  Introducing SQL Server Developer Tools (SSDT) code-named “Juneau”

Database developers, get ready for a brand new development environment! With the upcoming release of SQL Server 2012 (codename “Denali”), SQL Server Developer Tools (SSDT, codename “Juneau”) will serve as your primary development environment for building applications with SQL Server.  


Bio: Leonard Lobel is the chief technology officer (CTO) and cofounder of Sleek Technologies, Inc., a New York–based development shop with an early adopter philosophy toward new technologies. He is also a principal consultant at Tallan, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Programming since 1979, Lenni specializes in Microsoft-based solutions, with experience that spans a variety of business domains, including publishing, financial, wholesale/retail, health care, and e-commerce. Lenni has served as chief architect and lead developer for various organizations, ranging from small shops to high-profile clients. He is also a consultant, trainer, and frequent speaker at local usergroup meetings, VSLive, SQL PASS, CodeCamp, and other industry conferences worldwide. Lenni is also lead author in the MS Press book “Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2008” and is writing the new edition for SQL Server 2012 (codename “Denali”). He can be reached at lenni.lobel@sleektech.com, and followed on Twitter|LenniLobel

Well, that's all the news I have for this week!  Stay tuned for next week, when I expect to have more news, more blogging and community activity.  I look forward to your participation in the above contests, as well as T-SQL Tuesday #22.  Thanks for reading! 

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