Monday, October 19, 2020

SQLSaturday #1000! Join Oregon Virtually this Saturday

Honored to be a part of not just SQLSaturday #1000, but the long proud history of the free community series of SQLSaturdays celebrating their 1000th+ event. (I spoke at SQLSat Memphis #1003 virtually last week, but the numbers are doled out at the time of event registration, not event occurrence.) 

SQLSaturdays have come a long way. Having attended my first SQLSaturday in Pensacola in June of 2009 (#14), then volunteered and spoke at my first SQLSaturday in Baton Rouge two months later in August (#17), it's been awesome to see the community response, legitimacy, and growth of what is and will always be a free, volunteer-driven, authentic event. 

The future of SQLSaturdays needs to remember the story of success. SQLSaturdays are supported by consultants who travel the world, sponsors who give away cool swag, and venues that host increasingly large and sophisticated events. But the core of the events is about making sure the events are accessible to the community, including job seekers and students, for free. Especially in these dire economic times, I firmly believe that SQLSaturdays have a role supporting the development and recovery of the local IT community. I regret that SQLSatBR didn't happen this year, I missed my friends there, even though it was clearly the best decision not to hold a 500+ person event during a pandemic. 

I'm very proud to have been accepted to speak at SQLSat Oregon, once as a speaker and once as a co-speaker with my wife Christine, on our favorite topic. Last year we attended and spoke at SQLSat Oregon for the first time in person and really enjoyed it, this year (like everything) it's virtual, and we'll be joining it in pajama bottoms.

Join me in the first two timeslots, then enjoy the rest of SQLSat Oregon!

Certification Exams Inside Out - 6AM PST - Track 2 - Slide deck

Ethics in Modern Data - 7:30AM PST - Track 6 - Slide deck 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Spoooky SQL at the Baton Rouge SQL/.NET Campfire Stories!

Enjoyed the heck out of tonight's October special edition of the virtual Baton Rouge .NET and SQL User Groups meeting, where we had a lot of active chat, three "spoooky" tech stories from two devs and a DBA, and then a roundtable on why the UK Public Health system used .xls files to send critical COVID-19 data. Scary stuff!

My 2019 PASS Summit SQL Idol award-losing presentation on Spoooooky SQL, expanded for this format, is here. The super scary duplicate foreign key demo is here.



Tuesday, September 29, 2020

SQLSat Memphis Virtually This Saturday

Thanks for joining us at SQLSaturday Memphis this weekend, and kudos to all the organizers for a well-run virtual event!

Microsoft is offering any one certification exam for USD15 to anyone who has become unemployed or furloughed due to the pandemic this year. If you're interested in learning more about how to prep cert exams, how they're written, and how the test questions are constructed, I'm presenting on this topic.

9:40AM: Certification Exams Inside Out | Slidedeck available for download here

Both my wife and I were on the schedule, and the organizers chose interesting nontechnical topics for both of us. Christine's presentation at 10:50AM: Organizational Trauma: Supporting Mental Health During a Crisis