PASS Conference and SQL MVP Summit

The PASS conference has been great so far. Got to present my session just after lunch time on the first day so now I get to relax a bit more and take in everyone else’s sessions. It has been really great to finally meet up with so many people in the SQL MVP group that I’ve spoken to online for so long.

Highlight of the trip so far though was getting to spend half an hour one on one with Jim Gray today. What can I say? It’s not every day you get to spend time with a real legend.

PASS Conference & MVP Summit

I’m heading off to the U.S. PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server) conference on the weekend. It’s in Dallas and I must say I’m looking forward to it. I’m presenting the same session (A SQL Server DBA’s Guide to CLR Integration) that I did at PASS in Munich in May but the U.S. event will no doubt have a much larger crowd, further buoyed by most of the SQL Server MVPs also being there.

Because the PASS conference and the SQL Server MVP summit dates clashed, Microsoft arranged for our Summit activities to happen in Dallas at the PASS conference. Bit of a pity to not get to mix with the non-SQL Server MVPs but there are heaps of the SQL folk that it will be great to see again. I’ll also try to record a couple of podcasts for SQL Down Under while I’m there.

My Namespace & Blogging

The functions available from the My namespace look like they’ll continue to evolve substantially. I liked the latest one from PDC:

My.Blogs.PublishEntry(MyBlogs.PublishFormat.CommunityServerViaMetaWebLogAPI, _

    “http://myblogserver/myblogid”, “myblogid”, “password”, _

    “Testing via UsingMyBlogs”, “This is the entry posted from trying out MyBlogs!”)

Basic T-SQL Intellisense

Given that Microsoft removed intellisense from T-SQL after beta 1 of SQL Server 2005 (for the moment), it isn’t surprising that someone else stepped in. William Bartholomew sent me a link today. Take a look at There are demos on the site. It’s $25 USD and pretty cute. Works with Query Analyzer, Management Studio and VS.NET.

TechEd – Australia – a Triumph

TechEd Australia’s over now and I’d really have to say it was a triumph for the Frank’s team that organised it. (Particularly this year Chuck and Michael). Well done guys and what a great venue.

It was also very pleasing to see a number of the MS guys able to come to our Readify drinks/dinner session at the Sofitel later. (Don’t know if I missed anyone but I certainly remember seeing Andrew, Chuck, Frank, Dave, Dave and Michael at least and I presume Clarry was there). It was appreciated, particularly after the big week I know they’ve had and that a few of them had wives/kids waiting for them to get back too.

Lots of highlights this year. The session I enjoyed presenting the most was probably the SQL CLR session on Thursday night – big crowd, very receptive and good atmosphere. That was really pleasing for a tough topic at the end of the day.

We also had a Readify conference today. Was great to get to catch up with so many clever people. Funniest line I heard today though has to go to Joseph when he mentioned it’s not every day you end up hearing XPath queries being discussed across a mens room. He’s sure right there…