SQL Server at DevWeek 2009, Barbican Centre, London, March 23-27, 2009



The DevWeek conference enters its 12th year in 2009. It's been an annual event for developers and testers at Red Gate for several years, but this is the first time we'll be reporting live on the conference for SQLServerCentral and Simple-Talk.

I'm a big fan of conferences as a way to learn new technology, to meet your fellow developers, brainstorm with them, ask questions, swap solutions and war stories, and get some insights into the technical problems they have faced and overcome. Dev Week, being one of the largest independent software conferences in Europe, is a great place to do that.

The event incorporates "SQL Server DevCon 2009", featuring two tracks of technical sessions from well-known SQL Server community figures such as Itzik Ben-Gan, Niels Berglund, and Peter DeBetta. The sessions run for 90 minutes and they have a reputation for going "deeper" than at many conferences, and certainly avoiding "marketing hype".

This year the SQL Server sessions include:

  • Using the HIERARCHYID datatype in SQL Server 2008 by Itzik Ben-Gan
  • SQL Server 2008: what to do and what not to do by Javier Loria
  • Eventing in SQL Server 2008 by Niels Berglund
  • Maximizing concurrency in applications by Greg Low
  • ADO.NET enhancements for 2005/2008 by Klaus Aschenbrenner
  • SQL Server User Defined Functions by Maciej Pilacki
  • Safe dynamic SQL by Peter DeBetta
  • SQL Server Data Services by Eric Nelson
  • RESTful Services with ADO.Net Data Services by Aaron Skonnard
  • You want to put WHAT in the database by Brian A. Randall

The conference is book-ended by 2 days of workshops, providing in-depth training on topics such as Query and Index Tuning, and Securing SQL Server. Complementing the SQL Server tracks are a raft of.NET sessions and several more with a strong design focus, which should appeal to all "code-oriented" database professionals and IT architects.

We hope to see you there! Look out for our reports and blogs here, and on simple-talk.com, and if you do attend and would like to say "hello" while you're there, drop me a mail at:

[ tdavis ] [@] [sqlservercentral ] [ .com] (Remove all brackets and spaces)


A PDF version of the complete conference brochure is available here:


If you book your place on or before 27 February 2009, you can save up to £100 off the full price –visit the DevWeek web site for details.