March 8, 2010
Wow, the learning that has been going on!
Forgive me readers, for I have not blogged. It has been more than a month since I have written a blog post. Oh, but what a month it’s been! I think when you read what I’ve been doing, you’ll agree that blogging, while important, kept getting knocked down the priority list until after bedtime every night for over 30 days!
During February, we had a lot of activity at AppDev_VC. For those who don’t know, I am the Volunteer Coordinator for PASS’ Application Development Virtual Chapter (AppDev_VC), which actually gives me a lot of hats. I help with the web site; I help the other volunteers with things, etc. During February, we tried a new thing, engaging users and user groups around the world. We had our first meeting of the month with Allen White (Blog | I don’t actually know if he’s on Twitter), who presented SQL Server Indexing, which went really well but for one little glitch. When I started the recording of the meeting, I mistakenly recorded it locally, to my computer, rather than to the LiveMeeting server! This caused me to spend days and elect the help of the community to figure out how to fix. Brent Ozar (Blog | Twitter) came to my rescue, converting the LiveMeeting recording into several different formats that I could upload, and even served the recording from his own site for people to view until I could get things straightened out on my end! Thank you, Brent!!!
The second meeting of the month was the world-wide sharing meeting. Our own AppDev_VC Marketing Coordinator Aaron Nelson (Blog | Twitter) gave his PowerShell for Data Professionals not once, not twice, but three times, first to a New Zealand User Group, then to an Australian User group (which also included a live video feed from their meeting during Aaron’s presentation) and finally at the normal time for American audiences. During this one, the infamous Buck Woody (Blog | Twitter) joined in at the end to give more details on how PowerShell works within and without SQL Server. All three recordings are available on the AppDev_VC archives page.
At the same time all this was going on, I was spending time every day and night studying for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance certification. On February 22, 2010, I took the test and passed! I am actually very proud of that achievement, have the cert framed on the wall in my office, and even have “MCTS” in my email signature at work. Vain? Maybe, but I worked hard for that, and earned the right to be proud of it! The test itself, and the study process leading up to it, actually deserve their own blog post, which I will do over the next few days, along with yet another post for…
Yes, I went to another SQL Saturday, and I’m very glad I did. This particular event was special, as it was the first event after the SQL Saturday reigns changed hands from the folks that originated the whole thing (Steve Jones, Andy Warren and Brian Knight) to PASS. Rushabh Mehta, PASS’ President, and Blythe Morrow, PASS’ Community Coordinator, attended, and I got to meet and spend time with both of them. Also making the event special were the high caliber of speakers that attended, including 17 MVP’s. I attended the keynote with Steve, Andy and Rushabh, then sessions with Mike Walsh, Denny Cherry, Kendall Van Dyke, Aaron Nelson, and Kevin E. Kline. The event was put together by Peter Shire and the Charlotte SSUG, and was held on the Microsoft Campus in Charlotte, NC, and was seriously not to be missed! Like I say, that day gets a blog post of its own, coming soon to this very space!
So, folks, please, as I asked at the beginning, please forgive me for being silent on my blog. Those who follow me on Twitter know that things have been busy, but I wanted to apologize and make up for lost writings here in my public forum. Thanks for listening, and please come back to read about my certification experiences, and my time in Charlotte.
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