A bit of a crazy day for me, starting off a crazy week. I leave this afternoon for SQL Server Connections in Orlando, where it’s in the 80F with some rain. It was about 60F yesterday and sunny in Denver, a beautiful t-shirt day and today I woke up to snow on the ground and more coming down now. I’m a little torn, since I’d rather be heading to the mountains to snowboard than the pool to swim, but I am looking forward to SQL Server Connections.
SQLServerCentral is sponsoring a track, with Brad McGehee, Brian Kelley, and Jonathan Kehayias speaking. We have set up sessions and I’ll be down there as the roving reporter and SSC host, sporting a Hawaiian shirt, my cowboy hat, and no pants. At least, I’m hoping I get by with shorts for the two days I’m down there.
We have sponsored a track the last two years and it’s great fun. We get the chance to pick speakers, all seasoned SQL Server experts and presenters that will give you a great experience on the SQL Server track. Unlike PASS, the speakers are invitation only, both from our track, and the SQLskills track, managed by Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp. Unlike some other events, I always see great sessions at Connections and I am almost never disappointed.
There’s also great variety since the conference is located in the same hotel as the ASP.NET, Silverlight, Visual Studio, Sharepoint, Exchange, and Windows conferences from the DevConnections event. If you work with multiple technologies, this is the best conference to go to and get a variety of knowledge on different sessions.
It’s also in a great location. I’m one of the strange ones that likes winter, and I don’t necessarily want it to end quickly, but most people are happy to get away from the cold for a warmer location. The spring event in Orlando, and the fall event in Las Vegas, give you the chance to do that.
If you aren’t coming this week, keep an eye on the blog for notes and content from the show where I’ll be reporting on sessions, taking some pictures, and perhaps some video. Think about coming to the fall show in Vegas, and get some great SQL information in a great location.