Day two of sessions only had me attending three sessions. One of them was 3 hours. I started out after the keynote attending Klaus’s session on Advanced SQL 2008 troubleshooting. Klaus had a huge crowd and covered some really good information. I picked up a couple of new tips to apply when I get back to work next week.
My second session was probably one of the best I attended. Thomas LaRock put on a sessions titled “Performance Tuning Made Easy”. LaRock covered the method and framework for troubleshooting. This really hit home for me. I have attended numerous sessions on indexing, performance tuning with DMV’s, etc. LaRock covered a step by step approach to troubleshooting that I will be implementing when I get back.
I finished out the day with Paul Randal in his Myth Busters session. Paul always draws a crowd and puts on a great show. Paul helps debunk common myths that are floating around.
There were several social events after day two of the sessions. Idera had a happy hour at the Tap House, SQL Sentry put on an event at Pike Brewing Co, and Red-Gate had a dinner for the Friends of Red-Gate. The Friend of Red-Gate dinner was at FareStart. There is a wonderful story around FareStart where they take in homeless and nearly homeless folks and put them through culinary school. The restaurant prepares 2500 lunches 7 days a week to be distributed around Seattle. It is an amazing foundation. This has inspired many of us to do something different within the SQL Community. I spent a few hours with a couple of key people that have the resources to put together an amazing program. I am looking forward to seeing something develop with them over the next several months.
Day two was a success for me.