Thursday, January 07, 2010

January SQL Server & .NET Joint User Group Meeting

January SQL Server & .NET Joint User Group Meeting

Note: This is meeting will be held at the same time as the .NET User Group. However we will break into two sessions after the Lightning Round, which will be held in the Kitchen Area.

There will be great giveaways including Windows 7 Ultimate and Office 2007.

Location: Lamar Advertising

Address: 5551 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Date and Time: 1/13/2010 5:45:00 PM

Sponsored by: WillStaff Worldwide and Rose Huguet, Realtor


5:45 pm - 6-15 pm: Networking and Refreshments

6:15 pm – 6:30 pm: Lightning Round

6:30 pm – 6:40 pm: Introductions

6:40 pm – 8:10 pm: Break into two Sessions (SQL Server and .NET)

8:10 pm – until: Open Forum for questions and Raffle

Lightning Round (In Lamar Kitchen Area)

Presenter: Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie is a Sales Manager for WillStaff Worldwide in Metairie and has extensive experience as an IT recruiter.

Topic: Branding Yourself in a Tough Economy
In a tough economy it is important to prepare yourself for the worst. Stephanie will provide some tips for making yourself more marketable.

Level: Introductory

SQL Server Presentation (In Lamar Kitchen Area)

Topic: Database Normalization/Denormalization

Speaker: Thomas LeBlanc


Thomas is a Database Administrator for Amedisys, Inc in Baton Rouge, LA. He has been in the IT field for 20 years starting as a COBOL programmer, graduating to dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, upgrading to Visual Basic versions 3-6 and even some .NET(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago for Thomas while working at a Paper Mill in St. Francisville, LA continuing with IEM, then Amedisys. Current activity at Amedisys involves 4 other DBAs and a manager supporting 400+ GB databases with replication to a Data Warehouse and DB Mirroring to a disaster recovery site. Performance tuning and reviewing database design and code are an everyday occurrence for DBAs at Amedisys. Thomas’ free time is spent helping those less fortunate and improving his relationship with his family and God.


How did the development world conclude that an integer is the best primary key? What is 4th and 5th normal form? What has been added to SQL Server in the 2005 and 2008 to help change the way database design has evolved over the years? Can we still use a VarChar(xx) for a primary key? What is the difference between a lookup and Parent/Child relationship? What is an example of Many-To-Many? This session will go through the history of 20 year s of experience with various database designs – normalize and denormalized. The discussion will include the benefits and forward looking that should be required for using various design techniques.

.NET Presentation (Lamar Media Room)

Topic: The Busy .NET Developer’s Guide to Extending .NET Apps with Scripting.

Speaker: Ted Neward


Ted is an independent consultant specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.


Ever wished you could just put parts of your program in end-users' hands and let them build the infinite little changes they want? Ever thought about how you might make your application more robust by writing less code, not more? Embed a scripting engine into your application--complete with the safeguards necessary to ensure that users can't do anything they shouldn't be able to--and release yourself from the Principle of Perpetual Enslavement. This presentation will describe how to embed a scripting engine, discuss the pros and cons of the various ones available, and how to put enough safeguards around the scripts to make sure that your application can't be hijacked by bad users' scripts.

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