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SQLBits Goes West

Posted by workerthread on September 19, 2009

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If you’re a UK-based IT professional working with Microsoft SQL Server as a developer or administrator then you should definitely check out the forthcoming SQLBits conference being held at the Celtic Manor Newport from 19th to 21st November 09.  As usual with SQLBits the Saturday event is free of charge, and looks like it will have an impressive line-up of sessions (right now you can vote for the ones you would like to see – including “Elementary Welsh for DBAs”!).

But wait, there’s more!  Thursday 19th November is a training seminar day which includes seminars on the new SQL Server 2008 R2 features from Donald Farmer, and an introduction to MDX from Chris WebbFriday 21st November is devoted to SQL Server 2008 and R2 and will include talks on the new BI features, Reporting Services, Master Data Services and lots of DBA-specific stuff.  Note that for the Thursday and Friday sessions you need to pay a fee, but these look very reasonable and if you book by 30th September you can get an early-bird rate.

Here’s some Elementary Welsh for DBAs – "Mae’r data-bas yn ddirwy, mae’n rhaid i fe bod y rhwydwaith" which apparently means “the database is fine, it must be the network”

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10 Essential Tips for SQL Developers

Posted by workerthread on September 15, 2009

I got this link via the BI Monkey blog and thought it was well worth noting.  10 Essential SQL Tips for Developers is a good set of basic but important SQL points that all developers should fully understand.  It’s often the case that developers don’t pay enough attention to how well-crafted SQL can make a big difference to application performance and reliability.

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