Get your learn on… May 2011

May is a great month for DBA’s and developers in Pittsburgh, PA and Wheeling, WV. Here are some great events you should attend this month.

Pittsburgh, PA and Wheeling, WV

Update 5/10/2011: Included SharePoint meeting as recommended by John Scott.

Date Host Meeting
May 11th Greater Wheeling Chapter of AITP Blogging – what is it and why should I?
May 11th Pittsburgh SharePoint User Group Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: A Panel Discussion
May 16th Pittsburgh .NET User Group Visual Studio Product Tour
May 24th Pittsburgh SQL Server User Group Virtualization and SAN Basics for DBAs
May 26th WVPASS –Wheeling SQL UG Database Mirroring: The Bear Necessities

SQL Rally!

This week I will be getting my connect, share and learn on in Orlando, Florida at SQL Rally(yes, you can still sign up!). I cannot wait to connect with my friends in the SQL Server community.  I also look forward to making some new ones. I will be sharing my knowledge on “Evaluating your Daily Checklist against 100+ instances of SQL Server while you get a cup of coffee.” I will also be participating in the Mock Interview Overdrive session hosted by Kevin Kline.  I also look forward to learning from the vendors and some of the best presenters in the SQL Server community.

Speaking of vendors, I look forward to catching up with Confio, Idera, SQLSentry (bonus points for being a WVPASS sponsor), Quest, RedGate and DELL.  I also look forward to meeting new vendors like entrinsik, Enterprise Software Solutions, Melissa DATA.

I am sure I will have some ad-hoc changes but I still want to share my schedule for next week.

Day Event Description
Wednesday Free Day! There are some really good pre-con sessions. I might jump in one of these sessions or see the sites of Orlando.
  After-Hours Activities Beer, Wings and SQL Networking  at Buffalo Wild Wings
  After-Hours Activities Pirate’s Cove for miniature golf.
Thursday Morning Session I The Dirty Dozen: PowerShell Scripts for the Busy DBA – Aaron Nelson
  Morning Session II Visit the SQL Rally vendors!
  Morning Session III Understanding Storage Systems and SQL Server – Wes Brown
  Lunch! WIT Luncheon and Panel Discussion
  Afternoon Session I T-SQL Code Sins: The Worst Things We Do to Code, and WhyJennifer McCown
  Afternoon Session II Writing faster queries – Tim Chatman
  Afternoon Session III SQL University: Lightning TalksJorge Segarra
  SQLRally OverDrive
Conducting an Interview – Participating
  After-Hours Activities meet up at nearby Old Town
Friday Morning Session I Big and Tall: When to Partition – Kendra Little
  Morning Session II Prepare for my presentation and visit vendors!
  Morning Session III Evaluate your daily checklist against 100+ instances of SQL Server while you get a cup of coffee – ME!
  Afternoon Session I Deadlocking for Mere MortalsJonathan Kehayias
  Afternoon Session II Windows PowerShell Best Practices for SQL DBA’s – Ed Wilson
  Afternoon Session III Fundamentals of SQL Server InternalsJeremiah Peschka
  Vendor Raffle  

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