PASS Summit 2013

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In my prior post, I talked a bit about my career journey. I think about how attending SQLSkills’ Immersion Event 1, about 3 years ago, was a career milestone. Well, I’ve just completed another – my very first PASS Summit!

For the past week, I’ve been in Charlotte, NC, surrounded by several thousand other SQL Server professionals. I was given the opportunity to attend training sessions on a wide variety of topics. And boy did I fill my brain! Highlights include phenomenal sessions ranging from the Query Optimizer, Hekaton, Data File Internals, & Filtered Statistics.

In addition to all of the newfound technical knowledge, I grew my personal network. Wait, check that… not my “network”… my SQLFamily!

I had the opportunity to meet a number of other industry idols. I’d followed many of these folks on Twitter, and even occasionally interacted with a few. And at Summit, I was now able to shake their hand, put a face to my name. I only had 30 seconds to meet & greet some of these folks, but it was more than enough. Others, I was fortunate to interact more with throughout the week.

But arguably even more important than meeting these “big names,” I met & spent time with dozens of “regular joes” like myself. Sure, the community has some pretty big names, but for every one of those, there’s still 10 “regular joes” who are just as awesome – just “undiscovered” as I like to think. And I had a wonderful time with many of them as well.

Memories? I have many…

I enjoyed being able to wander over to the Community Zone anytime and recognize at least a handful of SQLFamily!

I enjoyed having an insanely difficult time leaving the convention center, always running into more SQLFamily to chat with.

I enjoyed sitting at a park, watching Twitter, and seeing someone tweet a photo from the other side of said park! Walked over, found and met Gina (@AmazingScotch).

I enjoyed partaking in Star Wars #SQLShenanigans, at the Community Zone (who else took photos?!?).

I enjoyed many late nights, getting to know and have fun with SQL Family.

And I enjoyed #SQLCigars with Ryan (@DBAGooner).

I have so many more, but I’ll ramble about ‘em all

Back to technical topics, I’m going to list a handful of topics that I need to dive into. I figure posting it here will help to motivate me further to dedicate the time to explore them. And chances are, they’ll fuel future blog posts! :-) So in no particular order

  • Paul White’s Pre-Con Optimizer Demos
  • Plan Guides (Templatized)
  • Plan Guides for nHibernate queries
  • Filtered Statistics
  • Statistics Skew (Tripp)
  • Dr. DeWitt’s Hekaton Keynote
  • Rassumen’s Internals Presentation
  • Kendra Little’s demo scripts
  • Hortonworks & Hadoop
  • EQi — Emotional Intelligence for Presenting
  • Review Twitter Favorites for “links”

Time to dive in!

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