5 Tips For Attending Conferences

With SQLBits 8 being this week in Brighton and it being set to be the biggest and best one yet, it got me thinking. If I was a first timer to a conference like this, what should I expect? So here’s my top 5 tips: Talk. It’s easy to be daunted by a room full of people who all seem to be in little groups chatting away. You think everyone else there knows someone, except you. [Read More]

Upcoming DevConnections London conference

What: IT&DevCONNECTIONS Conference Where: ExCel Conference Centre, London When: 13th - 15th June 2011 Here’s the summary on the event, which gives a good overview of what you can expect from it. Hold on to your hat for some very impressive name-dropping! Penton, publishers of SharePointPro Connections, DevPro Connections, Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazines are excited to announce the IT&DevCONNECTIONS powered by Microsoft conference to be held at the ExCeL conference centre in London. [Read More]

SqlBits 8 - Upcoming SQL Server event

So SQLBits 8 has been announced and is going to be beside the seaside (so maybe it should be called SeaQLBits) in that there Brighton at The Grand, from Thursday 7th April to Saturday 9th April 2011. If you’re reading my blog, then there’s a pretty strong chance you use SQL Server in which case without a doubt, SQLBits will have a lot to offer you. Chalk it down in your calendar. [Read More]

SQLBits 6 videos available

First tweet I say today was a great one - the SQLBits 6 videos are now available. Good news from Simon Sabin (Blog | Twitter) - thanks once again, and to the whole SQLBits team. If you were there, then no doubt you’re like me and keen to either catch the sessions you didn’t attend or re-watch some sessions you did attend. If you weren’t there, then even more reason to check them out (list of sessions). [Read More]

The SQL Server MasterClass Experience

SQL Server MasterClass 2010 was a very high quality, one day event presented by Paul S. Randal (Twitter | Blog) and Kimberly L. Tripp (Twitter | Blog) - not that they need any introduction of course. In fact if you don’t know of them, then perhaps you should close down your SSMS window and switch off your machine - after reading my blog of course :). Maybe uninstall SQL Server too… [Read More]

QCon London 2010 Videos

It’s been a couple of months now since QCon London (check out my previous blog post on The QCon London 2010 Experience) and some session videos are starting to make their way out on InfoQ. With a lot of great content, they’re well worth checking out. I’ve re-watched the sessions I attended and enjoyed them as much the second time round as I did the first time. The State of the Art on . [Read More]

The SQLBits VI Experience

I had high expectations about SQLBits VI and it certainly lived up to it! Not only did it have great speakers, who really know their stuff and have an effortless way of getting the information across, but it was also free. So it goes without saying that it was a popular event. There were 4 sessions going on at any one time with a theme of performance and scalability and plenty of choice across DBA, Dev and BI areas. [Read More]

The QCon London 2010 Experience

QCon London 2010 - what a conference! Awesome…with a capital AWE So many inspiring speakers, a packed schedule of talks over 3 days on a number of tracks and a great bunch of people. This was my first QCon, and cannot recommend the experience enough. The only thing I didn’t enjoy, was having to decide between which talks to attend. But that’s the true sign of a good conference. I’m finding it difficult to write a blog post as my mind is still buzzing and there was a lot to soak up. [Read More]

SQLBits VI - Upcoming SQL Server event

SQLBits VI is scheduled in my calendar for Friday 16th April - and I’m expecting great things! It’s a 1 day, SQL Server event being held in London (Westminster to be semi-precise), and the theme is performance and scalability which, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post, is particularly high on my agenda at the moment. Not only does it offer high quality speakers, but it’s a free event too. [Read More]

QCon London 2010

So QCon London is fast approaching, starting with 2 days of tutorials on the 8th and 9th of March, then the 3 day conference from 10th-12th. This will be my first time at QCon and I’m really looking forward to it. Having never been to many conferences in the past, the level of expectation I have is solely based on the StackOverflow DevDay in London last October. That was a great day with some very interesting (and humorous) talks, so I’m expecting even better things from QCon as it’s reputation precedes it! [Read More]