SQLAuthority News – Community Tech Days, Ahmedabad – July 24, 2010

Community Tech Days is a series of events in my city. Ahmedabad Community is one of the best communities I have ever come across in this world. People are genius, very kind and very patient. They are not shy to ask any questions and I could see their keen desire to learn and absorb new technology. My special thanks to the Community because without them, this event series would not be possible.

Community Tech Days
Community Tech Days

It rained hard the day before and even on the very day of the event, which led me to think that there would not be much crowd.  But to everybody’s surprise, the strong Community of Ahmedabad showed up with around 300 people at the event. They all lined up in front of the registration and the room was already full. I saw nearly 100 people at the end of the room, standing without chair. I could not go on seeing my fellows standing because this is absolutely unfair. We started 30 minutes later than the planned start time. However, we managed to get extra chairs from the organizations. In the end, everybody was accommodated in the room.

Pinal Dave at Community TechDays
Pinal Dave at Community TechDays

I was the first speaker to give a keynote. After my keynote, I presented my session on Spatial Database. Before I continued discussing my session, I want to introduce one of my MVP friends and .NET genius Dhananjay Kumar. He traveled all the way from Trivendrum (Kerala) to Ahmedabad to present an excellent session on WCF and oData. We were fortunate to have a world class speaker travelling all way here.  I must express my gratitude to Jacob Sebastian as well, since he is my key support in every event that I go to. We always work together.

Dhananjay Kumar and Pinal Dave
Dhananjay Kumar and Pinal Dave

The following note is taken from the blog post of Dhananjay Kumar.

Key Note: 10.15 am to 10.30 am by Pinal Dave

“Welcome Remarks and Key Note by Pinal Dave.”

“’He is a great speaker and people want to listen to him.’  I have been hearing this for so long but for the first time, I got a chance to listen to him. He really gave a perfect opening to the perfect crowd. With his very unique style of speaking, he ignited the audience with excitement ahead in the day. The crowd was almost twice than the seating chairs in the room. But he easily managed everything with the event organizers to put more chairs so that everyone got a seat. He spoke about how Microsoft technology has been changing the day-to-day life of developers and the user as well. He spoke about how the Ahmedabad user group (SQL Server and .Net) is working to help the Community. Then, he introduced the agenda of the day and talked about the speakers. By his unique way of explaining things, the audience got very excited and the stage was set for the day.”

Spatial Database by Pinal Dave
Spatial Database by Pinal Dave

Session #1 Spatial Data Base-The Indexing Story, 10.30 to 11.30 by Pinal Dave

In this session, Pinal Dave talked about Spatial Data Base. If I say that he is a great speaker, then that would not be something new to be spoken about. He was the first speaker of the day and as expected, he gave a great opening. The way he explained the pronunciation of SPATIAL to drawing Monalisa with spatial type was more than awesome. His way of connecting technology to real-time examples was very impressive and very effective, too. His humor between the sessions was really nice. He is a true speaker who can keep the audience awake for the rest of the session.

He explained about

  • Spatial database
  • Why do we need it?
  • Polygons in Spatial type
  • How to find the distance between two cities and many more

Community in Ahmedabad
Community in Ahmedabad

Thanks Dhananjay for the kind words. Right after my session, there came the session of Dhanajay Kumar. He jazzed up the Community with his unique affirmative style. He started very slowly on the subject, making sure that everybody understood this extremely advanced topic, but soon enough he picked up speed. One by one, he started to present very interesting demos. The people loved the session and would not let him go after the session was over.

Dhananjay Kumar Presenting

Dhananjay Kumar Presenting

There were plenty of questions and this young man answered them all. The knowledge and maturity shown by Dhananjay were incomparable. He looks very young because he is indeed still young, but people could not believe that after his session. He got nearly 15 people asking his real age. This was very funny.

Jacob Sebastian presenting
Jacob Sebastian presenting

After Dhanajay’s session, Jacob Sebastian presented a very interesting session. Jacob is an international speaker and has presented in different countries and conferences. His session was on the subject FileStream. I have never seen any speaker talking about this subject in the Indian Subcontinent. He picked this new subject and I must say it was perfectly delivered. He even showed demos that only top experts could deliver. The demos were flawless and really appealing. Jacob is truly a master story teller. His session was remarkable; we did not realize that the time passed so fast.

Jacob, Mahesh, Pinal, Dhananjay
Jacob, Mahesh, Pinal, Dhananjay

There was a power-packed session on Silverlight by Prabhjot Singh Bakshi, wherein he clearly explained how Silverlight is different from Flash, and how one can code quickly using it. It was cheered by the crowd so much. This session was followed up by Mahesh Dola’s demo-oriented Azure presentation with MS Office. Mahesh also gave a Thank You note in the end.

All in all, this event was a major success. I hope we organize this kind of event more often. The Community participation was marvelous. With the support of Microsoft, we were able to celebrate this event. We gave away many T-Shirts, books and other merchandise. I want to express my special thanks to all the speakers, Microsoft and the community for their support.

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

SQLAuthority News – SQL Data Camp, Chennai, July 17, 2010 – A Huge Success

I had great pleasure to attend very first SQL Data Camp at Chennai on July 17, 2010. This event was very unique as this was very first one-day SQL Event in whole Indian Subcontinent. The event was blast as there were so many back–to-back SQL Sessions with SQL Server MVPs. I was fortunate to present two different sessions at the SQL Data Camp in Chennai.

chennaicodecamp SQLAuthority News – SQL Data Camp, Chennai, July 17, 2010 – A Huge Success

I must express my special thanks to event organizers Sugesh, Deepak and Vidyasagar for organizing such a wonderful event. Every participant who was attending the event had a great time and expressed their passion for SQL Server as well as the overall technology. I also enjoyed meeting SQL Server MVPs Madhivanan, Madhu and Venketasan.

Vidya, Madhu, Madhivanan, Pinal, Deepak, Venketasan

Vidya, Madhu, Madhivanan, Pinal, Deepak, Venketasan

The event was very well organized and the enthusiasm of the crowd was unmatched. After the event, I talked with nearly 30 different attendees on a one-to-one basis and was glad to know their desires to involve with the community activities and to learn advanced topics in SQL Server.

Pinal Presenting Spatial Database

Spatial Database & Spatial Indexing

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 delivers new spatial data types that enable you to consume, use, and extend location-based data through spatial-enabled applications. This session helps us to learn how to use spatial functionality in the next version of SQL Server to build and optimize spatial queries. This session also outlines the new geography data type to store geodetic spatial data and perform operations on it, and use the new geometry data type to store planar spatial data and perform operations on it.

Pinal Presenting Indexing Session

Good, Bad & Ugly – The other side of Index

Index is often considered as the sure shot tool of improving the performance of any query. You can learn the secrets of Indexing with examples and discover the good, bad and ugly sides of Index. This session will help you write queries efficiently in future and also make you go back and defector your earlier code.

ChennaiUG SQLAuthority News – SQL Data Camp, Chennai, July 17, 2010 – A Huge Success

Pinal giving away books

Chennai Data Camp

We distributed T-Shirts to all the participants. The most active participant received Redgate books written by renowned industry experts and MVPs. Once again, many thanks to all the organizers and SQL Server MVPs for arranging such a wonderful event for the entire SQL Server Community!

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

SQLAuthority News – Author’s Birthday – 5 SQL Server Best Practices

Today is my birthday. For those who are curious, I have now completed 31 years in my life. I have learned lots of new things during the course of the past few years. Every year I feel that I am getting better as a human being. Since today is my birthday, I have decided NOT to work and NOT to blog. I will do something really fun!

I am going to clean up my personal servers as well and finish a few tests, as well as complete my benchmark projects. My personal data is also stored in one gigantic database. Because it is my personal server, no one pays me and thus I hardly maintain it.

happybirthday SQLAuthority News   Authors Birthday   5 SQL Server Best Practices

Today I am going to do the following maintenance tasks on it:

  1. Backup Master. I am going to have a backup of the database using script; however, the backup script has not been updated for a long time now. Last time, I noticed that I was not getting the master database’s backup. And no matter what one suggests, I still think it is very important to have a backup of the master database. I am going to alter the script to have a correct backup of the master database.
  2. Online Indexing. I have upgraded my server from SQL Server 2005 Standard to SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. On the other hand, I never changed the index rebuilding script. One of the tables is very huge and when indexes are rebuilt in it, it often gets broken. I plan to change the index rebuild script to include the option of (ONLINE = ON). This will be good to avoid the time outs.
  3. Restarting the Server. I have the server connected to UPS and even though we have lots of very short power outages, my server is not affected, fortunately. I almost forgot when I really restarted it. Although, it is not necessary to restart server at all, this procedure is intended for my windows box, which has many updates installed but I have not rebooted it in order for these updates to take effect. This may not be the best technique, but it works enough for me because my data is not that critical. If you are maintaining a high-availability solution, I suggest that you have fail over solution implemented before restarting the server.
  4. Wait Stats. I recently learned about Wait stats. I am eager to know what Wait Statistics really are, and what they can do for my server. Due to the fact that I have not upgraded the hardware for many years now (although I have upgraded the OS, SQL Server version and huge data growth), I could find out which of my hardware needs an upgrade.
  5. Fresh Air. I will make sure that after all of the above tasks are completed I am going to go out with my family and breathe some fresh air.

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

SQLAuthority News – 2 Sessions at TechInsight 2010 – June 29 – July 1, 2010

Earlier this month, I got the opportunity to visit Malaysia for community sessions on June 29 – July 1, 2010 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which I would consider as valuable experience. I presented two different sessions at the event. The event was extremely popular in local community, and I had great time meeting people in Malaysia. I must say that the best thing about Kuala Lumpur is the people and their response.

Malaysia Twin Towers
Malaysia Twin Towers

Techinsights is a major technology conference to network with like-minded peers and also up-skill your knowledge on latest technologies. An event that offers opportunity to dabble in hardcore technologies with in-depth and hands-on demonstration by Microsoft MVPs and industry experts local and abroad. This three-day event will challenge what you think you already know. You’ll return to the office with cutting-edge insights and expertise that will make life easier for you (and everyone else) at work. This round, we have a special highlight on new technologies such as SharePoint 2010, Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2, Silverlight 4, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and many more. TechInsight is an event created by techies for techies. There is no marketing involved. It is indeed an experience to rediscover the uber-geek within you. Sign up today to secure your seat.

Techinsight - 2 Sessions
Techinsight – 2 Sessions

I presented two sessions there. Both of my sessions were in the TOP 5 sessions of Development track. Additionally, my session on Join got the highest ranking ever in Dev Track.

1) My Join, Your Join and Our Joins – The Story of Joins

Joins are very mysterious; there are many myths and confusions. This session will address all of them and also tell the story of how they act when it is about performance. Does the order of table in Join matter? Does the right or left join any different to each other? Does the Join increase IO? When is an outer join not an outer join and inner join? All these questions are answered and many more stories of Joins are included. Learn the simple tricks to get the maximum out of this tool.

Session Evaluations

Overall session rating 7.5
How valuable was the content presented 7.467741935
How effectively did the presenter communicate the content 7.596774194

KL Malaysia (4) SQLAuthority News   2 Sessions at TechInsight 2010   June 29   July 1, 2010

2) Spatial Database – The Indexing Story

The world was believed to be flat but no more. Now SQL Server supports the spatial datatypes and many more functions. This session addresses the most vital part of Spatial datatypes and talks about how to improve the performance for the application, which is already blazing fast. We will look at how indexes are behaving with different spatial datatypes and how they can help to improve the performance and also learn the pitfalls to avoid them affecting performance.

Session Evaluations

Overall session rating 7.237288136
How valuable was the content presented 7.322033898
How effectively did the presenter communicate the content 7.457627119

KL Malaysia (5) SQLAuthority News   2 Sessions at TechInsight 2010   June 29   July 1, 2010

I must express my special thanks to all the organizers of the event – Ervin, Walter, Raymond, and Patrick (in no particular order). They did an excellent job, and all the attendees of the event had great time as well. The food was awesome, and the response was excellent. After one month, when I am writing this review, I am still thinking of the wonderful experience I had from this event. This makes me want to not miss this event any year.

Techinsight - Event Organizers
Techinsight – Event Organizers

This one event is truly TechEd quality event in Malaysia. Kudos to the organizers and Microsoft.

Techinsight - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Techinsight – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

SQLAuthority News – Last 2 Day to Win MSDN Subscription – Total 2 to Win

Today is the last day to win MSDN subscription on this blog. SQL Server MVP Madhivanan is known name. As there are more than 150 comments, I had requested him to help me out with deciding the winner. After looking at the quality responses, he has for sure accepted to hep me out with the deciding the winner but also added one more subscription from his side. This leads to total 2 of the subscription to win.

Today is the last day to participate in the content. However, as we have added one more subscription on very last day, we have decided to leave this contest open for one more day. If you have left comment earlier, you can still leave comments one more time. The content will be now open till 26th of July. We will also announce winner very soon.

I suggest that you join me thanking Madhivanan for excellent contribution to community. You can read his interview over SQLAuthority News – Interview with SQL Server MVP Madhivanan – A Real Problem Solver.

Participate in the content by clicking following link.

Win $ 11,899 worth Price

msdnfree SQLAuthority News   Last 2 Day to Win MSDN Subscription   Total 2 to Win

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

SQLAuthority News – Two SQL Sessions at SQL Data Camp at Chennai – July 17, 2010

I will be presenting two SQL Server advance level sessions at SQL Data Camp @ Chennai.

I am very excited for this event as I am going to meet my friends Sugesh, Deepak, Vidhya and Madhivanan at this event. All of them are SQL Server MVPs. I have come to know that there are two other SQL Server MVPs – Madhu andVenkatesh are also joining the event as speaker. This is going to be one mega fest as so many of SQL Server MVPs are going to be present at same place. The event is going to be world-class event and there is no doubt about the same.

I am very much looking forward to this event on July 17, 2010. The event venue is  Hotel Palmgrove, Vaishali Banquet Hall, 5, Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai – 600034 Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

chennaicodecamp SQLAuthority News   Two SQL Sessions at SQL Data Camp at Chennai   July 17, 2010

I will be speaking on following two sessions at the event. I am very excited as Chennai is one of my favorite city and always love to visit the same. I am very glad that both the sessions which I will be doing are on Indexing and Performance Tuning. I love to talk about Index and Performance Tuning.

Spatial Database & Spatial Indexing

Speaker : Pinal Dave
Event Date : 17th July 2010
Session Time : 09:45 to 10:45

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 delivers new spatial data types that enable you to consume, use, and extend location-based data through spatial-enabled applications. Attend this session to learn how to use spatial functionality in next version of SQL Server to build and optimize spatial queries. This session outlines the new geography data type to store geodetic spatial data and perform operations on it, use the new geometry data type to store planar spatial data and perform operations on it, take advantage of new spatial indexes for high performance queries, use the new spatial results tab to quickly and easily view spatial query results directly from within Management Studio, extend spatial data capabilities by building or integrating location-enabled applications through support for spatial standards and specifications and much more.

Good, Bad & Ugly – The other side of Index

Speaker : Pinal Dave
Event Date : 17th July 2010
Session Time : 15:00 to 16:00

Index is often considered as the sure shot tool of improving the performance of any query. Learn the secrets of Indexing with examples and discover the good, bad and ugly sides of Index. This session will help you efficiently write queries in future as well make you go back and defector your earlier code.

I have presented above two sessions earlier as well but for this one specially I have created new demos and they are going to be very interesting. If you are in Chennai, I strongly suggest that you all attend this event, we are really going to do one great event.

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

SQLAuthority News – I am a MVP and I Love SQL Server

I am very glad that I received this prestigious award for the third time in a row. I am very thankful to Microsoft for introducing this wonderful technology of SQL Server. I enjoy getting involved with the community, which also helps in my self-improvement as well. I would like to take this moment to thank all my friends, readers, session attendees, MS Product Teams, MVP Program and my Organization for the constant support and encouragement.

There are few questions that I often receive about the MVP program. Today, I will answer them in brief.

Microsoft MVP Logo
Microsoft MVP Logo

Question: How can I become a Microsoft MVP?

Answer: I suggest you read the official Microsoft FAQs on the subject here. After reading the questions and answers, if you still have any queries, you can send an email to the email address mentioned at the bottom of the FAQ page.

Question: What should I do to become a MVP?

Answer: In fact, I cannot remember anything specific to be done to become an MVP – importantly you should be dedicated to the community and working sincerely for it. MVP nomination will happen when it is the time if all your intentions are in the right place.

Question: What exams do I need to take to become a MVP?

Answer: This is not a certification; it is an award. Work with the community and do your best; you will be surely nominated by vigilant members of this community.

Question: How did you become a MVP? Please give me further details.

Answer: I have list of the community events I conduct. Please read them all at my Community Engagement page. Additionally, I blog on SQL Server; here you can find my list of All Articles.

Question: Are you a Microsoft Employee?

Answer: No, I am not Microsoft Employee or neither do I receive any kind of compensation. However, Microsoft supports you every possible way for spreading your love for technology.

Question: Will you nominate me for the MVP Award?

Answer: You can nominate yourself too. Read the FAQs.

Again, I am very glad that I have received the MVP award. Many thanks to Microsoft for supporting the community.

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

SQLAuthority News – Exam 70-433 – MCTS – Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

I often receive lots of questions regarding how to pass SQL Server Certification exams. I have previously written about the road map over SQL SERVER – Roadmap of Microsoft Certifications – SQL Server Certifications. I have tremendous respect for Microsoft Certification and I enjoy the preparation phase as well as attending the real exam. The real value is after passing the exams as I am always sure that during the whole process, I have learned something new and my knowledge has been updated.

Prometric Testing Center Experience:

I had a Prometric voucher for one free exam, which was expiring on June 30. It has been with me for more than a year now. I wanted to take the Microsoft Certification Exam, but kept procrastinating because of various reasons. Finally, as the deadline was nearing, I was feeling more pressurised to get ready for the exam as I have not taken this exam earlier. If you know me, I currently stay in Gandhinagar, a very small town; however, the adjacent town Ahmedabad is the seventh largest economy in India and only 20 km away from my place. I checked in my city and there was no Prometric center for the exam, and in fact, I had already expected this. However, Ahmedabad has the most number of Prometric centers in India; so I decided to drive to Ahmedabad. Overall, this travel added one hour to my testing process – staying in a small city has some drawbacks like this.

I registered for the exam earlier this month, but I have been traveling like crazy recently; you can read my experience of the recent travels at SQLAuthority News – Training and Consultancy and Travel – Story of Last 30 Days. Due to the same reason, I could not find sufficient time to prepare for this exam. On the day of test, I woke up early, checked my emails and blog comments and left for the exam right away.

Exam Experience:

test SQLAuthority News   Exam 70 433   MCTS   Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

The security at the exam was very strict and I was asked to produce passport size photographs along with two identity proofs. I was asked to agree and sign few documents at the testing location. Once that was done, I given a computer, where once again I had to accept few terms and begin the exam. The exam duration was four hours and the questions were quite good. There were a few good questions. I have only one complaint about some of the “Best Practices” type of questions. Best Practices are usually guidelines, and the opinions can vary across different configurations. I have left my comments on those questions in the exams. Overall, I like how it was set, and the time provided for attendees to come up with the answers is more than enough. I finished the exam two hour earlier than the given time; as I mentioned before, the time was plenty and in case of the questions, the situation is either we know the answer or we do not know the answer. There were no design-level questions or questions with calculations. I was even provided the notepad, but I did not use it.

Exam Preparation:

I can boast that I did not prepare for the exam and just walked in the center and passed it easily. Let me be honest here; I did not prepare specifically for the exam, but I have been working with SQL Server for a long time. I have helped and trained many developers, and moreover, I work as consultant in the field. I have hands on experience of writing codes, and this has made me capable to handle difficult codes. I also went over the course outline a week before. The outline for the course is listed here. I also looked up on Internet for some of the keywords from the outline which I was not familiar with. When I have to search any SQL-related matter on the Internet, I usually search in my blog first as I find it convenient to read something that I have written myself. You can search in this blog at http://search.sqlauthority.com.

The result:

I passed the exam with good grades and I was given the result right away. If you have taken the certifications, you know that it is very instant process, and also, the result provides good description of how one fared in the exams. I always find it interesting to go through the scorecard.

If one has the real-world experience of the subject, there is no need to do any additional preparation for the exams. I did learn something new from the exam, and I believe that attending this exam has indeed sharpened my skills.

Question to you:

What is your opinion about Microsoft Certification Exam? Does your organization require it, encourage it and reward you for taking the exams? How much personal gain do you get when you are preparing for exam and attempting the exam?

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

SQLAuthority News – Interview with SQL Server MVP Madhivanan – A Real Problem Solver

Madhi SQLAuthority News   Interview with SQL Server MVP Madhivanan   A Real Problem SolverMadhivanan (SQL Server MVP) is a real community hero. He is known for his two skills – 1) Help Community and 2) Help Community. I have met him many times and every time I feel if anybody in online world needs help Madhivanan does his best to reach them out and solve problem. His name is not new if you are reading this blog or have ever asked a question in any online SQL forum. He is always there to help.

When Madhivanan has time he even helps people on this blog as well. He spends his valuable time to help community only. He recently crossed over 1000 helpful comments on this blog. On that occasion, I have interviewed him to find out if he has any life outside SQL.

Q 1. Tell us something about your self.
I am Madhivanan ,an MSc computer Science graduate from Chennai, India and working as a Lead Analyst-Project at Ellaar Infotek Solutions Private Limited. I am basically a developer started with Visual Basic 6.0, SQL Server 2000 and Crystal Report 8. As years go on I started working more on writing queries in SQL Server in most of the projects developed in my company. I have some good level of knowledge in ORACLE, MySQL and PostgreSQL as well. Now I am leading a project developed in Windows Azure.

Q 2. What motivates you to help people on community and forums.

When I got some errors during the application development in my early days of my career, I got good solutions from online forums and weblogs. So I decided to help others if possible. When I visit forums I help people  if I know the answer to the questions. I am one of the leading posters at www.sqlteam.com and also a moderator at www.sql-server-performance.com. I also take part in Visual Basic and Crystal Reports forums.
I have been SQL Server MVP since 2007.

Q 3. Your personal life is not much known. Tell us something about your personal life.

I am happily married person. My wife is a B.Pharm graduate. I have a son who is now 18 months old.

Q 4. Where can we read further for your community activity.

I have a blog at http://beyondrelational.com/blogs/madhivanan where you can find most of my T-sql stuffs

Q 5. When not working with SQL what do you do?

When not working with SQL, I spend time playing with my son, reading some magazines and watching TV.

Madhivanan for your work and help to community, a true salute to you. Hats off my friend.

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

SQLAuthority News – SQL Server Technology Evangelists and Evangelism

This is the exact conversation that I had with three people during the recent SQL Server Public Training.

Person 1: “Are you an SQL Server Evangelist?”
Pinal : “No, but Vinod Kumar is.”
Person 1: “Who are you?”
Person 2: “He is Pinal, haha!”
Person 1: “I know that, but don’t you evangelize SQL Server Technology?”
Pinal : “Hmm… I do that…”
Person 1: “In that case, why don’t you call yourself an Evangelist?”
Pinal : “…! …”
Person 2: “Good Question! Who are you Pinal?”
Pinal : “I think you are asking my title, is that correct?”
Person 1: “Maybe.”
Pinal : “I am a Mentor, and I work for Solid Quality Mentors.”
Person 2: “I have seen you listing yourself as the Founder of SQLAuthority.com… so…”
Pinal : “Yeah that’s true.”
Person 3: “Let me summarize what these people are asking. What they are asking is that you can have multiple titles, so is being an evangelist one of your titles or not?”
Pinal : “Well, I am an SQL Server MVP and lots of people say that we are also evangelists of technology. In fact,  we are all evangelists of technology, aren’t we?”
Person 1: “So let me come back to my original topic: If you are an SQL Server Evangelist, then what is this evangelism?”
Person 2: “And who is Vinod Kumar – I have heard about him a lot.”
Pinal : “Oh okay. Now I got it. Let me explain …”

The answer was quite long but since this conversation, I have been thinking about the words “evangelist” and “evangelism.” I think being an evangelist is one of the most respected jobs in the world and to do this job one must bear lots of responsibilities. There were two questions asked to me, so let me answer both one by one.

Who is Vinod Kumar?

Vinod Kumar is a Technology Evangelist for Microsoft and one of the most respected persons in the SQL Server Community in India. Let me copy-paste my note from the previous TechEd India 2010 article. “I attended 2 sessions of Vinod Kumar. Vinod is a natural storyteller so there was no doubt that his sessions would be jam-packed. People attended his sessions simply because Vinod was the best speaker in the event. He did not have a single time that disappointed audience; he is truly a good speaker. He knows his stuff very well. I personally do not think that in India he can be compared to anyone for SQL.”

Pinal Dave and Vinod Kumar
Pinal Dave and Vinod Kumar

What is Technology Evangelism?

Here I am listing three posts written by Vinod Kumar, wherein he talks about Technology Evangelism and Technology Evangelist in an in-depth manner. They are highly-regarded articles in the Community.

Evangelism beyond boundaries with an Evangelists !!!

Technology Evangelism Demystified

New face of Online Technology Evangelism

I strongly recommend reading them all. These are wonderful blog posts.

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