Potential presentation idea: SQL Server for absolute beginners

  • Grant Fritchey

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    Ray K - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:05 AM

    So I was thinking about this this morning, and I figure it's time to revisit.  Unfortunately, I never got around to executing the grandiose plan I had of putting together a precon-type presentation for this, so I'm thinking about starting even simpler.

    From what I can gather, one of the most common questions we see is, "how do I get started with SQL Server?  Where do I begin?"  I'm thinking about putting together a SQL Saturday-type presentation that addresses this question.

    Yeah, I realize that there's a lot of stuff to pack into an hour, so I'm thinking about talking about little things, tips, and advice to whet people's appetites and get them started.  I wrote a blog entry[/url] about this a while back, and am thinking about using that as a starting point.

    I'm thinking about calling it something like, "Getting your feet wet: how to get started with SQL Server".

    So what do you folks think?  Does this sound like a plan?  What should (or shouldn't) be included in such a presentation?  Any feedback you might have would be appreciated!

    I like start small & build. That's how you put together any presentation. And yeah, this is a needed one.

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  • Kevin3NF

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    Kevin3NF - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:13 AM

    I just found this thread while looking for something else 🙂

    I also am interested in doing training of newbies....devs, managers, young people fresh out of school, etc.   But I am more on the admin side, whereas you appear to be more on the Dev/T-SQL side.

    I even have a kid in my neighborhood I am mentoring a few hours a week.  He's almost done with HS...may go straight into the workforce if I do my job right in training him.   Night classes for other basic IT concepts.

    • What is a database?
    • What are backups and why do we need them?
    • Installing SQL 2016 Dev for students and learners

    There will be more.   Had never considered lumping these together as a pre-con, especially since I have never presented to non-coworkers before...

    I put this together, along with other topics into a 5 day training series (in person only), spread out over 9 weeks.   First class next Wednesday...sold out in 12 hours.   At the price point of "Free", I'm not surprised 😀

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    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

  • Kevin3NF

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    aaaand I am about to submit all of these 5 presentations bundled into a full day as a SQL Saturday paid pre-con.  There is a ton of demand for DBA Fundamentals.

    Just sayin' 😉

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    Standing in the gap between Consultant and Contractor
    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

  • Kevin3NF

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    Submitted the Fundamentals to SQL Saturday Minnesota...y'all keep your fingers crossed for me, k?  6 sessions for 4 slots...all appears to very good topics 🙂

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    Standing in the gap between Consultant and Contractor
    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

  • Kevin3NF

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    Kevin3NF - Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:00 AM

    Submitted the Fundamentals to SQL Saturday Minnesota...y'all keep your fingers crossed for me, k?  6 sessions for 4 slots...all appears to very good topics 🙂

    Got accepted, taught a pre-con to 7 eager learners and 1 bored developer 🙂
    Interns, Managers, and an Oracle DBA all came.   It was a blast 🙂

    Achievement unlocked! Level up!

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    Standing in the gap between Consultant and Contractor
    Kevin3NF
    DallasDBAs.com/Blog
    Why is my SQL Log File HUGE?!?![/url]
    The future of the DBA role...[/url]
    SQL Security Model in Plain English[/url]

  • Ray K

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    There's a presentation idea I've had in mind for a little while -- and Steve's editorial reminded me of it.

    The tentative title: "Normalization 101: Data normalization for absolute beginners"

    I'm thinking about making a SQL Saturday-type presentation out of it.

    What do people think?  Anything I should or shouldn't include?  And any suggested resources (I intend to look at the links that Steve mentions in his editorial) that I should reference?

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