SQLAuthority News – SQL PASS Summit, Seattle 2009 – Day 1

Day 1 at PASS was awesome. I usually write everything in detail when I have to cover any project. This time, I have decided to cover this event little bit differently and with lots of images. For day 1, I have more than 90 photos taken with many SQL celebrities and different sessions. I will be not able to cover all the photos taken today in this post. I will gradually post all the photos as I will do follow up posts. In this post, I will cover my activities on day 1 as well few of the photos that give you a visual tour of the spot that I have covered in one day.

Yesterday I went to city tour where I had walked on the streets of Seattle and had lots of fun. I went on an underground tour in Seattle and then got back to registration desk for registration. Day 1 started great; while I was going to checkout the venue, I had meet Blythe Morrow on my way to Seattle Convention Center. I consider this as great start of SQL PASS event as she has put in considerable work to make this event a success.

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Bill, Blythe, Pinal

Being a vegetarian, thus far I have never faced any difficulties finding good food in USA.

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Veg Maxican Meal

Not every one know that the name “Seattle”is native American name, and it was taken from the name of the Native American tribe chief, Seattle. Please visit this wiki article to read further on Seattle City.

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Chief Seattle

I was also mesmerized with the set up at SQL Pass Summit. SQL PASS Head Quarter has put in considerable efforts in making this event successful.

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SQL PASS Summit 2009

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PASS Registration

I met many of the SQL celebrities during my very first day. As I mentioned earlier, I managed to click around 80 photos of the legends. I will share all of them soon.

PASS event is a community event, and the community is heavily encouraged. I was very fortunate to meet two of the very active community leaders in my meeting. They amaze me with their dedication to help the SQL Server Community: Joe Webb and Arnie Rowland.

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Community Leads – Joe Webb, Pinal Dave and Arnie Rowland

I have previously mentioned that if I want to be like someone in SQL Community, it would be Steve Jones. He is the founder and current manager for the extremely popular site SQLServerCentral.com. The reason I aspire to be like him is that he is a very nice down-to-earth person who is always smiling. I also attended his SSC Party on day 1.

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Pinal Dave and Good Old Friend Steve Jones

I have mentioned about Brent Ozar several times on our blog. He is the only person with spectacles besides me in following image. I have been very eager to meet him for many years and early morning, I got the opportunity to have breakfast with him and many other SQL Celebrities. I will write in detail about other members in the image in a separate blog post.

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Brent Ozar (very left) and Excellet Fellow SQL Enthusiast

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Midnight DBAs – (Sean and Jen) and Pinal

I have previously blogged about SQLFool for her excellent Automated Index Defrag Script, and I was very lucky to meet her on the very first day.

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Pinal Dave and Michelle Ufford (SQLFool)

During evening I had delicious dinner along with PASS Regional Mentors. New President Elect Rushabh Mehta was also present the event to encourage our efforts.

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SQL Server Regional Mentor Team and Rushabh Mehta

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Allen White (with his wife), Jacob Sebastian and Pinal Dave

Overall, the first day went pretty well, I met many more experts and learned a lot of new tricks. I am looking forward to the second day of the event.

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SQL PASS Summit 2009 and Pinal Dave

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PASS Quizbowl

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

SQLAuthority News – 3 Year Old Blog – PASS Summit 2009 – 10.5 Million Views

This blog has reached a remarkable milestone. It is 3 years old today. So far, there have been more than 10.5 million views on this blog and more than 1140 articles. It is really exciting that on this very important day, I am attending my very first SQL PASS in Seattle. The feeling and excitement to attend the very first summit cannot be put into words. I have been waiting to attend this summit for almost a year now, and today this dream is materializing with my blog’s “birthday.”

You can read all of my articles written thus far here. I will keep you updated with my daily activities at SQL PASS. You can follow me on twitter as well, where I update my status on the same.

Thanks again for staying with me to make this blog a community event as well. Surprisingly, first November has always been a significant day in my life. In fact, three years ago when I started writing, I never thought of reaching this milestone.

1st Nov 2009 – At my very first SQL PASS Summit, Seattle 2009
1st Nov 2008 – Ended my 1 year Outsourcing Manager contract and planned to join SolidQ
1st Nov 2007 – Left USA after 7 years and headed back to India as a permanent resident
1st Nov 2006 – Birth of  SQLAuthority.com

My humble and sincere thanks to the almighty and my family for their unconditional support.

I have got lots of request for photos of Shaivi Pinal Dave (my daughter). Here are few photos.

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Nupur, Shaivi and Pinal

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Shaivi Dave

Here is the photos of my current superiors (boss!). Thank you very much to you as well. Following photos is taken just 2 hour before this blog post in Sheraton Lobby Downtown Seattle.

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Please note : Though this post is meant to be posted for 1st Nov India time. However, as I am in USA and due to time difference of 13.5 hours, it is posted on 1st Nov US time, which translates as 2nd Nov India time.

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

 

SQLAuthority News – New PASS President Rushabh Mehta

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. From local user groups and special interest groups (Virtual Chapters) to webcasts and the annual PASS Community Summit – the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world – PASS is dedicated to helping its members Connect, Share, and Learn.

Today was a big day as PASS announced the executive board members for the term starting on Jan 1, 2010. I would like to express my congratulations to all new executives of PASS. Please read official press note here.

The newly elected board members at executive positions are as following:

  • Rushabh Mehta – President
  • Bill Graziano – Executive Vice President, Finance
  • Rick Heiges – Vice President, Marketing

A little bit more details about executives.

rushabhmehta SQLAuthority News   New PASS President Rushabh MehtaRushabh Mehta is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors’ global Business Intelligence Division and the Managing Director for Solid Quality India. Rushabh has worked with Microsoft SQL Server since 1998 and has designed and developed BI systems on the Microsoft platform since 2001, including a predictive analysis system, a health-care analysis solution, and a multi-terabyte financial decision support system. He has been the lead architect for many large-scale and complex BI solutions for clients such as Publix, Raymond James Financial, Jackson Hewitt, and Checkers. Rushabh has been an active volunteer with PASS since 2000 and has also served on the board  for a number of years. Rushabh is also a SQL Server MVP and a frequent speaker at large conferences and PASS Chapters around the world.

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Bill Graziano is an active member of PASS since 2001, Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors, where he is responsible for the overall marketing for PASS and PASS Summit. Bill co-founded SQLTeam.com, a web site for SQL Server developers and database administrators. In addition to managing the site, he writes articles and helps users with their most vexing problems. An involved participant in the SQL Server community for seven years, Bill was recognized as a SQL Server MVP in 2004 and still holds that designation.

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Rick Heiges is a Sr. Solutions Consultant with Scalability Experts working with customers on solutions within the SQL Server environment and educating users on SQL Server 2005 by speaking at user groups, conferences, labs, and road shows across the USA, Europe, and Africa. He holds an MBA and a M.S. in MIS as well as a B.S. in Computer Science. In addition, he also has attained MCTS:SQL2005 and MCITP:DBA certifications.

Not only are these three executives experts in their domain, but have been friends for many years. Here are few of their photos from their activities at old PASS events.

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Rushabh and Bill
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Kevin Kline, Rick and Rushabh

Many congratulations to all of you. SQL Server community has lots of expectation from you and we are confident that you will not only satisfy them but will go way beyond our imaginations.

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

Image courtesy: Rick Heiges, Rushabh Mehta, SQL PASS

SQLAuthority News – Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch – SQL PASS Summit, Seattle, 2009

I received few emails regarding where can people meet me at SQL PASS event in Seattle. I am currently in Bellevue attending Itzik Ben-Gan’s class. I am immensely enjoying the class, and I shall post details about the class once it is over.

If you are attending SQL PASS and interested to meet me, I will be present at Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch. I will be talking on the subject Change Data Capture (CDC). Please note that this lunch is for all of us; moreover, it is not necessary that I will be talking on only subject of Change Data Capture. In fact, I will talk about this subject for few minutes, and then we can discuss on any topic you want to know about. The table will have total of 10 seats (which includes my seating).

We can all have an effective small group conversation on SQL, SQL PASS, and the entire community. You are welcome to join me at lunch. Please read the complete details about the same here.

Thanks a lot Mike Walsh for organizing this event!

Please do join us for lunch!

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

SQLAuthority News – PASS Sessions – I will be there!

As PASS is now one week away and I am all excited for the same. I am going to attend following two sessions for sure. I encourage all of you to also visit the same sessions. We can all talk about SQL , SQL Integration as well Beyond Relations.

First sessions I will be attending of Rushabh Mehta, he is Managing Director of Solid Quality India.

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Overcoming SSIS Deployment and Configuration Challenges

Presenter:
Rushabh Mehta (Solid Quality Learning)

Session Details

It is no secret that a main deficiency of SSIS is deployment. Have you wanted to punch a wall before when trying to move a package from one server to another? You’re not alone. This session will be more than just SSIS deployment anger management. We’ll look at how to overcome the deployment challenges by considering configurations, package and connection security, and deployment approaches. And don’t miss the decision workflows that will help you down the right path on choosing the right storage and deployment approaches depending on your situation!

Second sessions I am going to attend of Jacob Sebastian, he is founder of BeyoundRelational.com.

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Presenter:
Jacob Sebastian (beyondrelational.com)

Session Details

XML is getting more widely used both inside and outside SQL Server. Stored procedures and functions that accept XML parameters or generate XML documents are part of almost every database project these days. When information is exchanged in XML format, there needs to be an agreement between the sender and receiver about the structure and content of the XML document. Using an XSD (XML Schema Definition) Schema, you can validate the structure and content of an XML document. SQL Server introduced XML Schema Collections in SQL Server 2005 and added a number of enhancements in SQL Server 2008. An XML data type variable or column that is bound to an XML Schema collection is called TYPED XML. When a TYPED XML column or variable is modified, SQL Server will validate perform the validations defined in the SCHEMA Collection and the operation will succeed only if the validation succeeds. In this session we will discuss SQL Server XML Schema collections and see how to create powerful XML Schema Collections to validate XML documents with diverse structure and content.

I am also preparing my schedule as I want to attend almost all the sessions as I can. Please read following related post about SQL PASS.

Related Articles:
Why I am Going to Attend PASS Summit Unite 2009- Seattle

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

SQLAuthority News – PASS 2009 Sessions on Query Optimization and Performance Tuning

PASS Summit 2009 is now only 10 days away and I am very excited for the same. I can not wait to attend the summit as this is the most awaited conference of SQL Server in world. Everybody will be there and there will be something for everybody. My core expertise is in Query Optimization and Performance Tuning area, and when I see the list of PASS session on the subject, I am totally speechless. There are so many great speaker at PASS who are there to talk on the subject.

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It is absolutely not possible to attend all of them many of them are running parallel to each other. In any case, I strongly suggest if you are the expert who try till last bit to optimize the query and performance, I expect you to attend many of the following session. There is always option to get recorded DVD for the sessions afterwords.

You can read my article here regarding Why I am Going to Attend PASS Summit Unite 2009- Seattle.

Here is my list of the sessions related to performance tuning and query optimization.

Making Effective Use of the Plan Cache
Greg Low (Solid Q Australia)

Capturing and Analyzing File & Wait Stats
Andrew Kelly (Solid Quality Mentors)

T-SQL Tips & Tricks
Itzik Ben-Gan (Solid Quality Mentors)

Best Practices for Working With Execution Plans
Grant Fritchey (FM Global)

DMV’s as a Shortcut to Procedure Tuning
Grant Fritchey (FM Global)

Lies, damned lies and statistics
Gail Shaw (XpertEase)

Insight into Indexes
Gail Shaw (XpertEase)

Enhance your T-SQL to perform better
Joe Webb (WebbTech Solutions, LLC)

Exploring Index Internals
Kalen Delaney (SQLearning)

Super Bowl, Super Load – A Look at Performance Tuning for VLDB”s
Michelle Ufford (GoDaddy)

Optimizing SQL Server 2008 Applications using Table Valued Parameters, XML and MERGE
Tobias Ternstrom (Microsoft Corp.)

SQL Server Execution Plans From Compilation To Caching To Reuse
Maciej Pilecki (Project Botticelli Ltd.)

Using SQL Server 2008 for Performance Tuning
Buck Woody (Microsoft Corp.)

SQLCAT: Designing High Performance I/O for SQL Server (90 Mins)
Thomas Kejser (Microsoft Corp.)
Mike Ruthruff (Microsoft SQL CAT)

SQL Server 2005 / 2008 Performance Tuning and Optimization Techniques (90 Mins)
David Pless (Microsoft CSS)

Dr. DMV: How to Use Dynamic Management Views to Monitor and Diagnose Performance Issues With High Volume OLTP Workloads
Glenn Berry (NewsGator Technologies)

How the Query Optimizer Works
Ben Nevarez (AIG)

I will personally try to attend many of the above listed sessions. Here are two sessions not from above list, which I will be sure attending. You are encouraged to meet me and attend this two rock star sessions.

Overcoming SSIS Deployment and Configuration Challenges
Rushabh Mehta (Solid Quality Learning)

SQL Server 2008 – Create powerful XML Schema collections to validate your XML documents
Jacob Sebastian (beyondrelational.com)

Let me know what sessions you will be sure attending by leaving your comment here. It would be good idea to create the list of the session which one is confident about attending.

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

SQLAuthority News – Community Tech Days – Oct 3, 2009 – SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index

Microsoft Community Tech Days are here! Dive deep into the world of Microsoft technologies at the Community TechDays and get trained on the latest from Microsoft.

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Community Tech Days are coming to Ahmedabad on Oct 3, 2009. I will be presenting the session ‘SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index’. I will be talking about the other side of Index where we will be thinking out of the typical way of creating Indexes. Take a look at the following common conversation.

Person 1: My Query is running slow.
Person 2: How about create an index on it?
Person 1: Good point!

Every time I listen to such conversations, I sense a lack of complete understanding on how the Index affects performance. I will be starting the session with the above mentioned conversation and will continue to explain how index and performance are related. We will not talk about the regular creation of index but will explore the different sides of Index. We will also discuss about common concepts that are related to index, such as deadlock, execution plan, indexed view, and few other issues. I assure you that this whole session will be a two-way interaction between the attendees and me.

Again, we will have a lot of interesting demos, examples and conversations. If you have not registered for this event, I suggest that you do the same right away.

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Please note that there is no video recording of this event or live telecast. This event should be attended in person.

I am not only attending this event to deliver my tech session, but also to listen to two of my colleagues.

I am an avid listener of Vinod Kumar’s sessions and I make sure that I do not miss any of them. I always feel that he is capable of instilling his passion in all who listen. He is well known for his community site ExtremeExperts.com and also is the top evangelist from Microsoft. He will be presenting two excellent sessions. I am looking forward to listen both the sessions – Tips and Tricks with Office 2010 and Windows 7 – A Dream Operating System for IT Professionals.

Jacob Sebastian is an SQL Server MVP and also my friend. We work together on all the community-related aspects. We are leaders of Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group and Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group. Jacob is going to speak at PASS Global Summit in November 2009. He will be presenting an excellent session on the Best Practices for Exception Handling and Defensive Programming in Microsoft SQL Server.

I insist all of you to register for this event to make the maximum use of it. We can meet after the session and talk about some good SQL.

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

SQLAuthority News – Why I am Going to Attend PASS Summit Unite 2009- Seattle

PASS Summit Unite2009the premier event for SQL Server professionals – will be held in Seattle from November 2 to 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 large 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.

Why should I attend PASS Summit

There is not one or two but a number of reasons regarding why I should 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, I can sharpen my skills and update myself with the latest SQL Server topics and technologies. This knowledge will help me to optimize the SQL Server. It also allows me to stay ahead of the curve as I will be one of the first professionals to learn about the latest advances, roadmaps, and plans for Microsoft SQL Server.

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

The three-day event will be marked by a lot of learning, sharing, and networking, which will help me increase both my knowledge and contacts. PASS Summit provides me a golden opportunity to build my network as well as to identify and meet potential customers or employees. If I am a consultant or vendor who is looking for better career opportunities, PASS Summit is the perfect platform to meet and show my skills to my new potential customers and employers. Moreover, if I am already employed in an organization, here I can get in touch with top-class SQL Server experts who can help me with any future needs. Further, 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 I can have direct access to Microsoft developers, service and support, and MVPs.

At PASS Summit, I gain not only new ideas but also inspire myself from top professionals and experts. Learning new things about SQL Server, interacting with different kinds of professionals, and sharing issues and solutions will definitely improve my understanding and turn me 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:

Moreover, one of the main reasons to visit PASS – I will be there. Let us meet and talk SQL.

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

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)