Thursday, 10 March 2011

SQLSoton UG March 2011

Last night saw another gathering of the SQL Server Southampton UserGroup, with Gavin Payne (Twitter | Blog) making the trip down to give a talk on replication, his first since joining Coeo.

As a developer, I've had very little exposure to replication and have seen it as some form of dark art. I've never scratched much past the surface. Over the past couple of months of getting up to speed with MongoDB, I've dived far deeper into replication within that than I ever have in SQL Server in 10 years+ that I've been using it which is quite a strange feeling, thinking about it like that. So I was interested in learning more about replication in the world of SQL Server. Gavin did not disappoint - excellent session, with very clear and concise explanations. When something "just makes sense", you know it's a sign of a great talk. Thanks to Gavin for coming down and presenting a blinder! Check out Gavin's write up on the talk on his blog here, where you can also download the presentation from.

We were in a new room this month - with much more space and scope for better layout. Hopefully everyone agrees it's a good space to have the UG in.

The next SQL Server Southampton UserGroup is on Weds 13th April, the week after SqlBits 8, when there is another first for the UserGroup - 2 speakers. How's that for value for no money?! We welcome Neil Hambly (Twitter | Blog) to kick off proceedings with the first talk of the evening (interested in studying towards MCM? Follow his progress with MCM training notes), followed by Pete Carter-Greenan. As if that wasn't enough, no doubt we will have more swag. Don't miss it, get yourself registered over on SQLServerFaq.

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