SQL SERVER – Why You Should Attend PASS Summit Unite 2009- Seattle

PASS Summit Unite 2009the premier event for SQL Server professionals – will be held in Seattle from November 2 to November 5. It is the largest and the most intensive Microsoft SQL Server conference in the world organized by SQL Server users for SQL Server users. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of PASS Community Summit, making the event even more special. Every year, this event sees a huge number of attendees, as apart from high quality technical sessions it provides unparalleled access to the Microsoft SQL Server development, SQL CAT, and Customer Service and Support teams.

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PASS Summit is an ideal conference for people who want to expand their knowledge. Here, sessions are available for all levels of users, from novices to experts. Specialized sessions are organized for SQL Server users who manage and support SQL Server data platforms; design, architect, and implement database solutions; architect and develop SQL Server applications; and architect, develop, and administer business intelligence solutions. So, if you are a database administrator, application developer, business intelligence and IT professional or consultant you will benefit with the latest and comprehensive SQL Server knowledge available through highest-rated technical sessions and speakers. At PASS Summit, you can choose to become a volunteer, Summit Ambassador, or even a Speaker!

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Why you should attend PASS Summit

There is not one or two but a number of reasons why you must be a part of PASS Summit. First, it is a good platform to learn the latest skills and strategies through over 160 expert-led technical sessions as well as pre/post-conference sessions, which will include every aspect of SQL Server. Here, you can sharpen your skills and stay up to date with the latest SQL Server topics and technologies. This knowledge will help you optimize SQL Server. It will also let you stay ahead of the curve as you will be among the first to learn about the latest advances, roadmaps, and plans for Microsoft SQL Server.

You will get to learn SQL Server best practices from thousands of SQL Server MVPs, Microsoft team members, authors, experts, and peers who will attend the event. You can even equip yourself with the strategies and skills to improve the ROI of your SQL Server environment such as virtualization technologies, performance tuning and scaling, better hardware utilization, simplified management, need for better business intelligences, to name a few. Further, you can take advantage of the group discount and enhance the knowledge and skills of the entire team; you can send 5 employees and save.

The three-day event will be marked by a lot of learning, sharing, and networking, which will help you grow both your knowledge and contacts. PASS Summit provides you a golden opportunity to build your network as well as identify and meet potential customers or employees. If you are a consultant, vendor, and are looking for better career opportunities, PASS Summit is the perfect platform to meet and show your skills to your potential new customers and employers. And if you are already employed at an organization, here you can get in touch with top-class SQL Server experts who can help you with any future needs. Moreover, breakfasts, lunches, and evening receptions, which are included with registration, are meant to provide more and more networking opportunities.

Apart from gaining knowledge and networking PASS Summit is a good platform to solve high-priority, mission-critical SQL Server issues through Microsoft “Ask the Experts” Lounge and the CSS First Aid Station where you can have direct access to Microsoft developers, service and support, and MVPs.

At PASS Summit, you will not just gain new ideas but will also be inspired from top professionals and experts. Learning new things about SQL Server, interacting with different kinds of professionals, and sharing issues and solutions will improve your understanding and turn you into a better SQL Server professional who can leverage and optimize SQL Server to improve business.

You can find the details of the sessions here:

And last and final reason why you should visit PASS – I will be there. Let us meet and talk SQL.

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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – 1000th Article Milestone – 8 Millions Views – Solid Quality Mentors

Achieving a milestone gives a great sense of accomplishment! Today, I am writing my 1000th Article on this blog. I am extremely happy and gratified.  It is indeed a long journey since I started a few years back and at that time I had no idea that within a short period I would attain so much appreciation and popularity.  I intend to continue my journey further and attain more milestones.

I have always enjoyed learning, sharing and helping my community. Through this blog, I have met many wonderful people, made great friends and interacted with diverse readers from across the globe. My heartfelt thanks to my readers for their undeterred support and acceptance of my efforts wholeheartedly.

Yesterday, this blog completed 8 Million views and I am over the moon to find that there are so many regular visitors. Most of the visitors have subscribed to feed using  feedburner feed. You can also receive posts by email subscription.

I have another reason to feel happy and proud. I would like to humbly announce that today I am taking a stepping stone towards fulfilling my passion of sharing on a different platform. I have joined a prestigious organization Solid Quality Mentors as a Mentor. This is a great opportunity for me to work with experienced and talented people of BI fame like Rushabh Mehta at Solid Quality Mentors – India.

I do not want to give my milestone post a stereotyped ending with hundreds of lines revolving around my achievements.  I will end this article with the following quote expressing the importance of this event in my life and career.

“I feel very privileged to be part of Solid Quality Mentors, Sharing my knowledge and experience with other database professionals has been a passion for me and is an integral part of my role as a SQL Server MVP. Now, Solid Quality Mentors is giving me a solid platform from which I can pursue my passion while working alongside such experienced and talented people as Rushabh Mehta. I look forward to my new role as Mentor, helping organizations make the most of their SQL Server technology, and adding value to the Solid Quality team in India.”

Join me at TechEd Ahmedabad on SaturdayJun 20, 2009  at 2 PM.

Press Release 1 : Solid Quality Mentors Says ‘Namaste, India’ as It Opens Operations in Mumbai

Press Release 2 : SQL Server MVP Pinal Dave—the Voice of SQLAuthority.com—Joins Solid Quality Mentors in India

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Registration and Competition – TechEd on Road – Ahmedabad – June 20, 2009 Saturday

We have an upcoming grand event of TechEd on Road organized in Ahmedabad. This is a FREE event and ANYBODY who loves technology can attend it. This event will provide a precious opportunity to learn, interact and network with tech enthusiasts. I encourage you all to be a part of it and experience the joy of learning in a healthy and fun environment.

Competition: Post about this event on your blog, Facebook, Digg, Orkut, Twitter or any social networking site and spread the word for this event. Post your link as comment below and top 3 efforts will win a special gift from SQLAuthority.com

Date and Time:
June 20, 2009 Saturday 1:45 PM

Web : http://techedahmedabad.eventbrite.com/

Agenda:
1:45 – Keynote By Pinal Dave & Jacob Sebastian
2:00 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2010,Windows Server 2008,Virtualization
2:45 – SQL Server Best Practices by Pinal Dave
3:30 – High Tea, Networking Opportunity and Gift Giveaway
4:00 – Understanding Query Execution Flow and Optimization Tips by Jacob Sebastian
4:45 – Data compression in SQL Server by Pinal Dave and Jacob Sebastian

Location:
Rock Regency
C.G. Road, Lal Bunglow,
Ahmedabad

For more details about this event and to register go to:  http://techedahmedabad.eventbrite.com/

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Be sure to tell your friends and colleagues about our upcoming grand event.  The more, the merrier and enriching!

FAQ: http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2009/06/09/sqlauthority-news-teched-on-road-ahmedabad-india-is-announced-june-20-2009-saturday/

Banner: http://www.pinaldave.com/bimg/techedonroad.jpg

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – TechEd On Road Ahmedabad, India is Announced – June 20, 2009 Saturday

Register here : http://techedahmedabad.eventbrite.com/

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Register here : http://techedahmedabad.eventbrite.com/

If you are regretting for missing TechEd India 2009 at Hyderabad here’s your chance of catching up with a similar kind of technology event in Ahmedabad, India on Saturday June 20, 2009. TechEd on Road will be held in Ahmedabad at Rock Regency, a prime location in the heart of the city. This prestigious event is going to be the largest event in Ahmedabad with brand TechEd. If you are a technology enthusiast and are interested in meeting experienced, technology experts from all over the state, then this event is an ideal platform for you.

Do show up a little early at this FREE event, preferably around 1:30 PM, if you want good seats and want to meet the two renowned MVPs (Pinal Dave and Jacob Sebastian). Entry is first come and first serve.

Please refer to the flyer below for details on agenda, map of venue, sponsors and giveaway. Yes, there will be lots of gifts and giveaways for all the attendees.  You can be a part of this grand event in various ways – as an attendee, as a volunteer or as a sponsor. Feel free to send email to pinal ‘at ‘ sqlauthority.com if you have any question regarding this event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend this event?
Anyone who is interested in technology can attend this event. This free event is open for all.

What is the entry fee?

This is a FREE event. Register here: http://techedahmedabad.eventbrite.com/

What is attendee’s takeaway?
Knowledge, Friends, Networking, Opportunity, and Free Gifts. Everybody will receive something for attending the event.

Can anybody come from outside of Ahmedabad to attend this event?
Yes, absolutely! As said earlier, this event is open to all.

Can I have access to the recorded event?
No. The event is not recorded. So please attend the event.

When the next TechEd event will be held?
Why not be present in this event instead of waiting for the next one! You have already missed TechEd India 2009 at Hyderabad. So why miss another valuable event.

Can I copy this post and use it to send invitation to my friends?
Absolutely! This post is not protected from copyright. Please blog it, Twit it, Facebook it, Digg it, do whatever you think will give publicity to this event. Do send us link; we will send you some good giveaways.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – SQL Server Energy Event with Rushabh Mehta – May 20, 2009

The much-awaited SQL Server Energy Event was successfully held on May 20, 2009 in Ahmedabad. It was jointly organized by Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group (President Pinal Dave – SQL MVP) and Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group (President Jacob Sebastian – SQL MVP). This vibrant event was one of the most interactive, remarkable and enriching events of this year in Ahmedabad. Several factors make this event unique. The main attraction of this outstanding event was Rushabh Mehta (SolidQ Mentor – SQL MVP), an eminent expert in the field of Business Intelligence. Technical session from a legend like Rushabh was an opportunity of a lifetime for SQL Enthusiasts in Gujarat. He absolutely mesmerized the participants with his talk and made the event memorable and a runaway success! Further, the event created networking opportunities between user group members.

Rushabh Mehta is a familiar name in SQL Server community and his expertise in the domain of Business Intelligence is commendable. He is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors’ global Business Intelligence division, based in USA. He also holds the position of the Managing Director for Solid Quality India Pvt. Ltd. Rushabh has been vigorously working with Microsoft SQL Server platform since 1998. He has been designing and developing large-scale BI systems since 2001, including predictive-analysis systems, healthcare solutions and a multi-terabyte financial decision support system.

We had expected a huge number of people to show up at the event; however, we had made limited arrangements. We had requested the participants to register in advance to get a guaranteed seat. The session commenced with Introduction to SQL Server Energy Event. I gave introduction in my characteristic humorous style and enlivened the event atmosphere. Everybody rolled into laughter when I started introducing Rushabh using images. The introduction ended on a funny note with some of the most hilarious photographs of Rushabh. If you had attended the session you would know what I am talking about. I believe that attending a session physically is far more helpful! It’s actually the whole experience that makes an event special and memorable!

After a short introduction, Rushabh Mehta started his presentation on Navigating through a turbulent economy with Microsoft Business Intelligence, which is a very useful topic in the current economic scenario. Rushabh in his unique interactive style sprinkled with humor kept  the audience engaged throughout his presentation. In the initial minutes of his talk, he brought everybody’s attention to the global problem of recession. Then he directed his talk to the key concepts of Business Intelligence. There were so many things Rushabh covered; however, one thing that was highly appreciated was “Demo of Gemini.” After the demo was over, questions and answers started to flow and it lasted for another hour. Everybody was so curious and wanted to learn from Rushabh as much as possible within the limited timeframe. Jacob Sebastian gave the final thank you note.

We distributed nearly 30 gifts (T-Shirts, Pen, Books, Hats, to name a few.) during presentation. This time all the participants received something. The very much in demand SQL Server Cheet Sheet was the most popular item at this event. You can now download it from here. Organizing such a large event in a very short duration is very arduous and challenging, but I must thank the host of the meeting Digicorpfor promptly arranging all the necessary logistics. Directors of Digicorp were applauded for their continuous help to User Group. The event was followed up with delicious Indian delicacies.

This event was not recorded and is not available online. Please keep on reading this blog and user goup website for similar events like this. We hope Rushabh visits us again very soon and gives us another outstanding session. Please read my previous article for complete profile of Rushabh and the abstract of  his session.

I had requested Rushabh to do session in my user group when we met last time in USA. Last but not the least, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Rushabh: “Thanks Rushabh for keeping your promise!”

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Introduction by Pinal Dave

Rushabh Mehta in Action

Rushabh Mehta in Action

Part Audience

Part Audience

MVP discussing BI

MVPs discussing BI

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MVP – Pinal, Rushabh, Jacob

Abhishek (Digicorp), Rushabh (SolidQ), Pinal (SQLAuthority)

Abhishek (Digicorp), Rushabh (SolidQ), Pinal (SQLAuthority)

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQL Server – Download PDF SQL Server Cheat Sheet

I had a gala time at TechEd India 2009 event! Meeting with great people is an experience of a lifetime. My session was well attended and well appreciated, which also gives me another reason to feel happy.  Moreover, my SQL Server Cheat Sheet gained unpredicted popularity at the event. Let me share with you all a little story behind this cheat sheet.

For my personal use, I created one handy SQL Cheat Sheet, which I hang on my desk always. Even though I have a sound knowledge of SQL Syntax there are many occasions when I need to quickly refer to syntax. This cheat sheet helped me quite a bit and saved my time. Besides, it saved me from getting annoyed of looking up for same syntax again and again. This experience gave me the idea of creating a proper SQL Server Cheat Sheet, which was until now in a simple excel document.

I often received numerous requests from my friends, UG members and blog readers to covert the SQL Server Cheat Sheet into a more presentable one. Well, my designing skills are limited and also I never undertook this creative task. I was inspired by Rushabh Mehta of SolidQ as well the directors of Digicorp to create PDF printable version of this cheat sheet. Designers at Digicorp created this professional looking cheat sheet and then it was printed on a high quality glossy paper. When I had the first glimpse of the final SQL Server Cheat Sheet, I realized that I should do something for my community and share this useful cheat sheet with more and more SQL developers. TechEd India 2009 was one such opportunity where I was able to achieve my goal; I distributed several SQL Server Cheat Sheets among the participants.

SQL Server Cheat Sheet acquired so much popularity at TechEd that I ran out of all the copies around noon on the third day of the event. I had promised many attendees that I will put this online and also I will send it to them using physical email.

Now, you can download SQL Server Cheat Sheet and print it on a glossy paper yourself. I request you all to spread the words and pass this cheat sheet to your friends. Bookmark it, reprint it, and distribute it! Due to copyright issues you are not allowed to host it online anywhere other than its original location listed below.

Download SQL Server Cheat Sheet

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

Update : If you visit SQL Server Energy Event, you will get free printed copy of SQL Server Cheat Sheet

Original post : http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2009/05/20/sql-server-download-pdf-sql-server-cheat-sheet/

SQLAuthority News – SQL Server Energy Event – Mark Your Calendar – May 20, 2009

I am very excited to share this news with all my readers. If you all remember I had already given a hint on my blog just two days back; I mentioned that we are going to host a grand event for Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group. In the past, Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group events have been more successful than we expected. Now, this event will grow even bigger as both Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group (President Pinal Dave – SQL MVP) and Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group (President Jacob Sebastian – SQL MVP) will come together for the event. This upcoming event will be known as SQL Server Energy Event.

This event is going to be one of the biggest events we have organized so far. A renowned international speaker Rushabh Mehta (SolidQ Mentor – SQL MVP) will be joining us for the event. Rushabh is a familiar name in SQL Server community and his expertise in the domain of Business Intelligence is commendable. I am a big fan of him and I have listened to many of his webcasts. In March 2009, I met Rushabh at Microsoft MVP Summit in Seattle. He promised me that he will surely participate in a session for SQL User Group. He has kept his promise and within 2 months of his promise he is here to do a SQL Session with us. This is one of the lifetime opportunities to see him in action in user group. Besides, this is the very first time he will be taking a session in SQL User Group in Gujarat, India. Further, for the very first time in Gujarat three SQL MVPs will be present at one event – Rushabh, Jacob and Pinal. This event is going to be a unique event in every aspect.

Organizing such a large event in a very short duration is very arduous and challenging, but I must thank the host of the meeting Digicorp for promptly arranging all the necessary logistics. This time, there will be take-aways for all the attendees. We will have a wide array of gifts including T-Shirts, Pen, Books, Hats, to name a few. Also, every attendee will surely get the famous SQL Server Cheat Sheet. This cheat sheet became so popular at TechEd that we ran out of them. Here is the opportunity to become a proud owner of a professionally printed cheat sheet, which you can get autographed by any of the available MVPs. What’s more, you can even get yourself photographed with Rushabh. This event will follow up with some light snacks as well. So many interesting things will happen at one event, I am sure you certainly don’t want to miss this opportunity. So make sure not to miss this exciting event!

I am expecting this event to be to be swarming with attendees. If you are interested in participating in this upcoming UG meeting you are requested to register at Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group or send me an email at pinal “at” sqlauthority.com. Registered attendees and those who have sent me email will be guaranteed a place in the meeting and they will also receive  the gifts.

Biodata of Speaker – Rushabh Mehta

RushabhSmall SQLAuthority News   SQL Server Energy Event   Mark Your Calendar   May 20, 2009Rushabh Mehta is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors’ global Business Intelligence division, based in USA, and is also the Managing Director for Solid Quality India Pvt. Ltd.

Rushabh has been actively working with Microsoft SQL Server platform since 1998 and has been designing and developing large-scale BI systems since 2001, including predictive-analysis systems, health-care solutions as well as a multi-terabyte financial decision support system. Rushabh was also instrumental in designing and building an analytical platform to support the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. His experience spans a wide breadth of industrial sectors including manufacturing, retail, finance and government working with clients such as Raymond James Financials, Jackson Hewitt, Publix, US Dept of Veterans Affairs, US Dept of Defense and Microsoft.

Through his experiences, Rushabh has also developed a number of industry best practices. He has also developed and delivered training courses on Business Intelligence practices and technologies and is also an active speaker at a number of large conferences like PASS and TechEd and also frequently speaks at SQL Server and Business Intelligence user groups around the world. Rushabh also serves as the Executive Vice President of Finance for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), which is the largest global user-driven community for SQL Server Professionals with over 170 chapters world-wide and over 45,000 members.

Keynote Topic – Navigating through a turbulent economy with Microsoft Business Intelligence

There is no denying that the global economic situation is challenging. Is your company prepared to weather the storm? Microsoft business intelligence helps you access real-time information, find profitable customers & inefficiencies, and save money. This session features guidance on new ways to find value from your existing Microsoft business Intelligence investments. But it also includes a preview of what is to come in the future – new technologies for self-service analysis and self-service reporting that will change the way in which you think about BI.

The agenda of meeting is as follows:

May 20, 2009 – Wednesday

6:30 PM – 6:40 PM – Welcome and Introduction – Pinal Dave
6:40 PM – 8:00 PM – Navigating through a turbulent economy with Microsoft Business Intelligence – Rushabh Mehta
8:00 PM – 8:05 PM – Thank you note – Jacob Sebastian
8:05 PM – 8:15 PM – Gifts Give Away
8:15 PM – 8:30 PM – Light Snacks

The Best Participant of the event will get the chance to get photographed with all the three SQL MVPs.

Meeting Location:
Digicorp House,
Nr. Kashiram Agrawal Hall,
Ambawadi,
Ahmedabad-380015
Gujarat, India
Web – Digicorp

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

Originally posted : http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2009/05/19/sqlauthority-news-sql-server-energy-event-mark-your-calender-may-20-2009/

SQLAuthority News – Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group Meeting – International Speaker Visiting

It is my pleasure to announce Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group Meeting on May 20, 2009 Wednesday. Mark this date as we will be having international speaker Rushabh Mehta of SolidQ attending our session. Rushabh Mehta is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors’ global Business Intelligence division, based in USA, and is also the Managing Director for Solid Quality India Pvt. Ltd.

I will have more information about his technical session, location and meeting time tomorrow.

This will be once in a life time opportunity. If you are in Gujarat state, India and you do not attend this session, you will for sure miss something.

Please register at http://gandhinagar.sqlpass.org/ and send me email at pinal “at” sqlauthority.com if you are planning to attend the session.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – TechEd India 2009 – Day 2 – In-Person Meeting with Industry Leaders – Community Party

Action-packed day 2 of TechEd India is over, and I feel that today was even better day than day 1. So many things were going on simultaneously and keeping track of them is a hard task. Even today I got the chance to meet some renowned industry leaders. Apart from having real time conversation with Industry Leaders, I had a great time attending the various Tech Sessions.

Highlight of the day was Vinod Kumar’s session on “Reducing the size of your database using Data Compression/Binary Compression in SQL Server 2008“. Vinod commenced this session by bringing forth some causal questions to enliven the atmosphere, and then he smoothly and quickly converted the session into a hardcore technical session. If you have attended any of the previous sessions of Vinod Kumar, I am sure you must be aware of his unique style, which keeps users engaged in the story of SQL. Every user attending the session can relate to his stories and feels as if his/her story is being discussed.

Abstract of the session

“SQL Server 2008 provides you with native data compression feature for your tables, indexes and partitions that can significantly reduce the size of your database. A smaller database can lead to better performance for IO bound loads, reduce memory requirement and the manageability cost (e.g. backup/recovery) of your database. This session describes how SQL Server compresses the data in SQL Server, common usage scenarios and its impact on the workload.”

This session was heavily attended and applauded by every attendee.

Vinod Kumar and Pinal

Pinal and Vinod

Today, a community event was organized in the evening. There were separate meetings of SQLPass, Ineta, and Culminis. There was yet another big event where all the three community groups together addressed all the participants. This great event was an enriching experience where we got to learn about several unknown but useful facts. I was actually in awe to see the deep understanding of  community services of these leaders and their ability to pull such large scale session successfully.

The day was marked by another follow-up community party where there were numerous opportunities to do networking with Microsoft Product Team, Evangelist, Community Leaders, and Active Participates. I had another session with Vinod Kumar who explained how one can conduct better presentation without getting self-conscious. This event was restricted and by entry only. I along with my other friends – Nauzad and Suredra – monitored that nobody got into the room without the entry procedure. While we were standing there trying to stop unauthorized entries, a guy shouted “SQL Bouncers” while passing by. Doesn’t matter! We did our job well!

Nauzad, Surendra, Pinal

Nauzad, Surendra, Pinal

I also had a good time exploring community stalls and displays that were available at TechEd. I met one of the interesting hosting companies, whom I was not aware of before. I also checked out the booth of computer magazines.  I wanted to purchase a book but was quite taken aback to know that none of the computer magazine stalls had the facility to let people purchase or sign up for subscription.

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One important thing I would like to mention about is today’s Keynote. It was done by Resul Pookutty, Academy Award Winner-Film Sound Designer of Slumdog Millioner. He explained how technology is involved closely with Sound Designing. An important reason why his session was well attended was because of his recent fame and interesting subject.

Even on the second day, I gave several autographs. Now, I have actually lost the count! In the community zone, there were so many giveaways that it became difficult to manage public. Microsoft is developing robotics-related programming language, and it has created its demo model – Microsoft Sam. It was a great fun for all of us to play with this tool.

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One thing I will always remember about this event is that I got to meet several great people under one roof. I will soon pen down our discussion summary. On the other note, I really enjoyed the massage on chair!

Massage

Massage

Day 2 ended with my friends, Niraj, Suprotim and Geetesh, at one of the very famous restaurants in Hyderabad -“Chatneys”. We discussed on varied topics, ranging from current economy, MVP advantages to blogging. Our discussion was very productive and what made the discussion more interesting was the scrumptious food!

Suprotim, Geetesh, Pinal, Niraj

Suprotim, Geetesh, Pinal, Niraj

Take a look at the photos of other industry leaders.

Abhishek Kant and Pinal

Abhishek Kant and Pinal

Satya and Pinal

Satya and Pinal

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Abhishek Baxi and Pinal

Pinal and Mahesh Mittkari

Pinal and Mahesh Mittkari

Pinal and Suprotim

Pinal and Suprotim

Ashwin and Pinal

Ashwin and Pinal

Vijay Raj and Pinal

Vijay Raj and Pinal

Nauzad and Pinal

Nauzad and Pinal

Pinal and Surendra Sharma

Pinal and Surendra Mishra

Hardik and Pinal

Hardik and Pinal

Please do follow the whole event live on my Twitter.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group Meeting April 24, 2009

We had another successful Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group Meeting on April 24, 2009. In spite of our User Group being just two months old, it received overwhelming warm response from the audience! The meeting once again saw around 50 SQL Server enthusiasts eagerly looking forward to brush up their knowledge and gain some vital tips.

The agenda of the meeting was as follows:

6:30 PM – 6:45 PM – Query Optimization Tricks – Jacob Sebastian
6:45 PM – 7:10 PM – Back to Basics – Pinal Dave
7:10 PM – 7:20 PM – Questions and Answers
7:20 PM – 7:30 PM – Award for “Best Participant”

We had a guest speaker this time – Jacob Sebastian, who is a Book Author and a SQL Server MVP. The meeting commenced with his discussion on Query Writing Style and Local Query Processing Phases where he enthusiastically shared his knowledge with us. Jacob clearly explicated on how query processes its statement. Previously, I had written about on the same subject SQL SERVER – Logical Query Processing Phases – Order of Statement Execution.

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I, Pinal Dave (SQL Server MVP), took the meeting further by elaborating on Query Optimization. Next, we had the Questions and Answers round where the best participant was awarded with a gift. This was the most interactive part of the meeting. The discussion was about “SELECT * vs SELECT column names.” As the questions were very simple every attendee was right away interested in answering the questions. This discussion unveiled thought-provoking information about Query Optimization. Another interesting topic that was discussed at the meeting was Database Statistic.

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We also had  book giveaway at the end of the meeting. The most demanded book was Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration by Ross Mistry.

Overall, the Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group Meeting went marvelously! I express my gratitude to the exclusive sponsor Digicorp for their support and infrastructure. I gratefully acknowledge the support and stimulating discussions of the guest speaker Jacob Sebastian and the SQL Server community here – which went into making this event a success in true sense!

All of you who missed this meeting have certainly missed quite an opportunity. Make sure to read announcement here and attend the meeting next time.

You can check out our information on the launch event SQLAuthority News – Launch of Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group. And if you are regretting for missing the last two events, cheer up! We have more events coming soon. Simply register at http://gandhinagar.sqlpass.org to attend future events.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)