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The 2012 SQLServerCentral/Exceptional DBA Awards Party at the PASS Summit


The 2012 SQLServerCentral/Exceptional DBA Awards Party at the PASS Summit

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Is the November 7 date correct? That's a Wednesday night, aka the evening after the first full day of regular sessions. Last year it was a Tuesday evening, so naturally I am curious.
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Nope, Tuesday, Nov 6. Apparently someone didn't look at a calendar, and then neither did I when reviewing things.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, after the opening reception.

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I dont know if I will make it for Summit this year... :-( I hope the company will allow me to go this year as well.

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Wow! That dude that won XDBA last year? He looks OLD! :-D

I have to tell you that if you haven't gone to one of these SQLServerCentral parties, you just don't know what you're missing. You don't have to play the tables and not everyone does. Not only was I able to meet up with some longtime friends that I've not seen in a while but I was also able to check off at least a dozen people from my "bucket list" and met a bunch more people that I thought I'd never have a chance to meet. And having the opportunity to listen to some of the big dogs of SQL during a casual conversation is something that just doesn't happen everyday.

There's also the XDBA award ceremony. It's a short interruption in the party but long enough for some of the world's greats to take the time to speak briefly on the subject of what being a DBA means and to congratulate this year's winner.

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Is any special promo code required at registration time to get into casino night? It's been a couple years since I've been able to make it, and last time I needed a code.



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We are selling tickets now. You can order them from a link in the article.

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Jeff Moden (8/9/2012)
Wow! That dude that won XDBA last year? He looks OLD! :-D

I have to tell you that if you haven't gone to one of these SQLServerCentral parties, you just don't know what you're missing. You don't have to play the tables and not everyone does. Not only was I able to meet up with some longtime friends that I've not seen in a while but I was also able to check off at least a dozen people from my "bucket list" and met a bunch more people that I thought I'd never have a chance to meet. And having the opportunity to listen to some of the big dogs of SQL during a casual conversation is something that just doesn't happen everyday.

There's also the XDBA award ceremony. It's a short interruption in the party but long enough for some of the world's greats to take the time to speak briefly on the subject of what being a DBA means and to congratulate this year's winner.


I just found it interesting to see your picture. Now you can run but you can't hide. :-P


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