The PASS Summit is the premier SQL Server conference every year, with 3 days dedicated to only SQL Server information. If your primary focus is on SQL Server, this is the best place for you to learn, network, and get access to the actual Microsoft developers that build the product.
This year's event is in Seattle on Nov. 18-21, 2008 and will be heavily attended by SQL Server developers from nearby Redmond. The last time the event was in Seattle, literally hundreds of people from the Microsoft SQL Server team were available to answer your questions or just chat about the product.
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