Four speaking engagements coming up

I’m just going to list them… This Saturday (July 18th), at Code Camp SA. I’m going to be talking about functions in SQL, particularly those that involve BEGIN and END. At the end of the month, at the ACS Branch Conference. I’m going to be part of a panel discussing Open Source v Closed Source. In August, I’m going to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday (Adelaide), about the integration of Reporting Services and SharePoint. In September, I’m going to be a presenting at TechEd Australia, about SQL Azure. Be nice if there was more of an overlap in topics…

Big events every month this quarter

A new Financial Year in Australia, and a bunch of technical events coming up. Of course there’s the usual monthly user groups, but there’s more – particularly if you’re in Adelaide. July sees CodeCampSA in Adelaide on the weekend of July 18/19. I’ve put my name into the hat for speakers, and will try to be there for a chunk of Saturday (Sundays are too busy for me). I’m sure at least one of my sons will want to come along as well, which will be fun. Big thanks to David Gardiner for putting the website together. August sees SharePoint … Continue reading Big events every month this quarter

Time zone limbo

Australia is currently in an interesting week for time zones. Up until a couple of years ago, Daylight Savings finished on the last Sunday in March. That’s when the clocks got put back to Standard Time, as the Australian summer ended. Last year though, this got extended by a week, until the first Sunday in April. A similar change was made in October, changing the start of Daylight Savings from the last weekend of October to the first weekend of October. We now have six months of summer instead of five (although weather-wise, it’s a lot more…) That’s fine – … Continue reading Time zone limbo

Presenting at ADNUG this week

I haven’t been to ADNUG for a while. I love that the group is there, but over the past year or more, I haven’t prioritised getting to the meetings. I’ve been to meetings of equivalent groups in Melbourne and Sydney, but not to the Adelaide .Net Group for a while. But this week I will! I’ve offered to be a stand-in presenter, and will present a few tips around T-SQL. I’m presenting a similar talk in Wagga this coming weekend, so it’ll give me a chance to work out my talk in advance. I regularly present and teach T-SQL things, … Continue reading Presenting at ADNUG this week

SQL Code Camp concludes, plus poor Catherine Eibner

The SQL Down Under Code Camp finished this afternoon after a successful couple of days, but was marred by the news that Catherine Eibner, whose company sponsored the Influencers Party at TechEd AU this year, had shattered her wrist and was in hospital having surgery. Catherine is becoming a big supporter of the SQL Server community in Australia, and even has a couple of user-group presentations coming up. Why not pop along to her blog and wish her well – I’m sure she’d appreciate it.

User Group meeting with Christine Bishop

Yesterday we had Christine Bishop come to Adelaide. She’s the Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server and BI for Microsoft Australia. That makes her handy to know if you’re in the SQL space, and we had a nice crowd come along to the user group to meet her. One thing that made this meeting different to the usual is that Christine isn’t overly technical. She’s not bad, but compared to the people in the crowd listening to her, she would’ve been in the less technical half. Normally we’d have some in depth technical session, showing people how to do particular … Continue reading User Group meeting with Christine Bishop

My favourite thing about SQL Server 2008

A few people have asked me what my favourite thing is in SQL Server 2008 (“Katmai”). But my favourite thing isn’t actually a feature at all, it’s a mindset that Microsoft are taking with it. This mindset is “We will only put features into the CTPs once they are basically complete – including the documentation.” And this makes me say “Wow!”. One of the problems with all beta software is the stuff that’s in there that just isn’t finished yet. You try to use some feature, and it doesn’t work. Or worse, something dies because you tried it. It’s these … Continue reading My favourite thing about SQL Server 2008

Darren Gosbell in Adelaide on July 12th

What a great week for Adelaide having Australian SQL MVPs presenting! Code Camp SA on the weekend of July 7th and 8th features the Gregs (Linwood and Low), and BI expert Darren Gosbell will be coming to speak to the Adelaide SQL Server User Group the following Thursday. He’ll be presenting about MDX, which is a topic that a few people have asked about in recent months. It should be great, and I only wish I could be there myself. I will put the event on the website just as soon as I have an abstract from him. Many thanks … Continue reading Darren Gosbell in Adelaide on July 12th

An Adelaide icon waves goodbye

The State Bank building was built in Adelaide in 1988, and remains the tallest building in Adelaide. When the bank (not the building) collapsed in the early 90s, it became Santos House, and got branded with the Santos logo. It was like this when I first got introduced to Adelaide in 1994. It’s the building where Microsoft have their Adelaide office, and Level 2 hosts the user-group meetings that I run. At Christmas there are green lights in the shape of a tree, and it displays a cross at Easter time. In the last few weeks, the word Santos has disappeared. … Continue reading An Adelaide icon waves goodbye

Interviewed

Debbie Timmins, who I met through the ACS, asked to interview me. If you’re interested to know what she asked, and how I responded, then check out http://deb.foocode.net/?p=87 Deb has been involved with the Young IT side of the ACS recently, and we’ve had quite a few conversations about various things. It’s good to have people like Debbie in Adelaide.