SQLAuthority News – Community TechDays in Ahmedabad – A Successful Event – Oct 3, 2009

Community TechDays at Ahmedabad was a great successful event. In fact, this can be considered the biggest event held in Ahmedabad thus far along with the community. This event was held by Microsoft and PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server). The goal of this event was to dive deep into the world of Microsoft technologies and get trained on the latest from Microsoft. Well, we could successfully achieve the same and build real connections with Microsoft experts and community members. I suggest you all to register at or for future notification of similar events.

This event was attended by more than 250+ attendees at any moment, and a total of 300+ attendees for the entire day. We were very fortunate to have such a large technical attendance during the long weekend. Another reason for the success of this event was the impressive line-up of prominent speakers. Ahmedabad, a “small” city in terms of technology, has proved two times in a row that we have much larger technology community than many other prominent cities in India, or in fact the world.

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CTD Attendees

During the session, the hall was jam-packed and with no vacant seats. We are thankful to all those volunteers who offered their seats to the attendees. I am also proud of my UG members who have worked day and night to ensure that this event is a successful one. If you want to be part of UG, please leave a comment here or mail me.

The major attraction of this event was the sessions from Vinod Kumar – Microsoft Evangelist, who is known for his famous SQL site http://extremeexperts.com. UG members of Ahmedabad were looking forward for this session from a long time. The entire SQL Community knows Vinod for his top-notch SQL Sessions. However, while we were deciding the agenda, he suggested that as Jacob Sebastian and myself are local SQL Experts, we should conduct the SQL Session in Ahmedabad. Instead of conducting an SQL Session, he decided to conduct a session on Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Well, I must say that it was a great session! Vinod’s session, which was initially planned for 2 hours, had to be continued after the stipulated time because the attendees would not let him go. This excellent session, which went on for 3 hours, was very well received and none of the attendees moved from their seats. In fact, to end the session, Vinod had to promise everyone that he will be visiting Ahmedabad again.

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Vinod Kumar
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Vinod Kumar

The excellent morning session by Vinod was followed up by two back-to-back SQL sessions. The first Session was conducted by Pinal Dave (myself), and the subject was very well received. I had presented on the subject – ‘SQL Server – The Other Side of Index’; it was really interesting to explain this subject. Professionally, I have been working for SQL Server optimization and query tuning for a long time, and I have created this session from my real world experience. Quite often, I have seen developers with a wrong understanding of an Index and its utilization. I explained four major concepts of the Index in my session.

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Pinal Dave
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Pinal Dave at Community Tech Days

My session was followed by another most awaited session of the day, which was conducted by Jacob Sebastian, who is an SQL Server MVP and also my friend. He presented the session on a very unique subject. Jacob talked about ‘The Best Practices for Exception Handling and Defensive Programming in Microsoft SQL Server’. This session was the most interactive session of the day. If you have missed this session, then you have surely missed the most interesting session. Jacob talked about so many different myths of proper coding and transaction error handling. He also talked about different techniques that can defend the developer for future errors or improper coding.

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Jacob Sebastian
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Jacob Sebastian and Vinod Kumar

This session was followed by very active Prabhjot Singh Bakshi, an MCT. Prabhjot’s session was about .NET Framework 4.0. The .NET Framework 4.0 works side by side with the .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1. Applications that are based on the earlier versions of the .NET Framework will continue to run on that version. Only a subset of functionality is shared by all versions of the .NET Framework.

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Prabhjot Singh Bakshi

Usually, for such events, the post-lunch sessions will have fewer crowds than those in morning sessions. Surprisingly, here we had a large number of SQL enthusiasts attending this event throughout the day. At the end of the session, we had more than 300+ attendees. There were many attendees who waited outside the hall in order to converse with the speakers. I am very much thankful to all the attendees who made this event a great success.

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Pinal and Vinod Kumar
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CTD Attendees

I also would like to thank two more people who were not present at the session, but without their continuous support and help, this event would not have materialized: Pradipta Sharma of Microsoft, who was in charge of this event, and Ashwin Kini, who coordinated this event with utmost dedication. Ashwin and Pradipta, thanks a lot for your support!

Overall, this was the biggest and brightest community event in the history of Ahmedabad.

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

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21 Comments. Leave new

  • Excellent Event Pinal !

    As per your guarantee you gave in beginning of the event, I really lean a lot about Windows 7, Office 2010, SQL Indexes, SQL Error Handling and .NET 4.0.

    Thank you Vinod Kumar, Pinal Dave, Jacob Sebastian and Prabhjot Singh Bakshi for delivering excellent presentations.

    Looking to hear for next big event from you…

  • Greatest event ever attended at Ahmedabad.

    I really like your demo of Index. It was miracle.


  • I would like to be member of your user group.

  • Pinal Dave – Great explanation
    Jacob Sebastian – very nice analysis and amazing topic.
    Vinod Kumar – As we all he is very good in sql but he has explain both the subject Windows 7 and office 2010 very nicely.
    Prabhjot Singh Bakshi – Great energy and i fill that very nice example for explaining .Net Frame work 4.0.
    I will Request that ,next time we need him to be complete his whole session for .Net frame work 4.0.

    Overall very nice event, good lunch,snacks,very nice arrangement of every thing.

    Thanks to Microsoft for Doing event like this.

  • Mahesh Danashi
    October 5, 2009 10:49 am

    One of the greatest event!

    Pinal and Jacob Superb!

    There were no event like this before you guys are active in Ahmedabad.

  • Mahesh Kansara
    October 5, 2009 11:22 am

    Ya was best of both worlds for me.

  • Great event… Gotta learn many new things from SQL server side.

    Great Explanation with Demo… still remembering the words of Pinal “Show me the Demo and I will believe IT”.

    Hope it will continue.


  • It was an excellent even in the history of Ahmedabad for Microsoft Technology. I have not enough words to explain greatness of this event in one small comment, I would probably want to write a nice summary of the event in my blog at htp://www.SQLHub.com

    In short, we all are eager to have this kind of mega event again. whoever missed this opportunity from my team, are really repent now.

    Congratulations Pinal and Jacob to bring this grand event to Ahmedabad and made it successful.

    Many thanks to Vinod Kumar for comming to Ahmedabad and share his tips & tricks.

    Unfortunately, I had to miss last session. :(


    Ritesh Shah

  • It was a wonderful and knowledgeable event. Thanks for arranging such a nice event. Waiting for more such events…

  • GREAT show Pinal / Vinod / Jacob

    I felt like I am personally taught even though there are 300 people around me!

    Pinal! I assume the girl who showed up for only for your session and sitting on your chair must be your wife. She is beautiful indeed.

    Do it again!

  • govind s yadav
    October 5, 2009 3:32 pm

    Hi ,

    I seriously dont know how to express the backlog which i had suffered by not being able to be a part of this event , i had missed so much of the TECH TALK at this event , which as per was like a “SANGAM”(Central meeting point) of all the great technologies and that too by masters .

    Pinal , Is it possible that the recorded version of these sessions could be made available, plz .

    Govind S Yadav

  • I missed the much talked about Vinod’s session. I came in after lunch. It was good to listen Pinal and Jacob.

    I wish Vinod visit Ahmedabad again.

    I must congratulate the leaders for organizing such a grand event.

    I think Pinal and Jacob are expert and Prabhjot needs to learn few things from them.

  • Is there any way that I can download video for the event?
    That will be really helpful if I can get that.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Haresh Ambaliya
    October 5, 2009 8:31 pm

    It was gr8 event in ahmedabad

    Thanks pinal,jacob,vinod and Prabhjot singh

  • hi pinal ……..

    good to see you, i have seen you so many times in past and now a days too.
    can you please give me one favour ?
    can you pass on above event’s video or presentation

    bye thanx

  • Hi Pinal,

    Can you please fwd the presentations to me… (SQL and Windows 7)

    Appreciate your help



  • Hi,

    If we see as a dot net developer we were expecting more but didn’t get that much. Any ways we get much more in sql side thank pinal and jacob.

    Jacob was awesome, great presenter.
    like pinal’s real time implementation.

    And from vinod kumar we expected sql but get windows 7 and office 2010 and that was also good.

    But in .net 4.0 we were expecting some technical points rather than theoretical issue.

    Finally, overall it was really nice event, thanks all.

    I need scripts from pinal and presentation from prabjot. (if they can provide)


    Aalap Shah

  • jacob sebastian
    October 12, 2009 4:53 am

    I am very glad to know that many of you liked the sessions. We will continue to come up with more session through Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar SQL User Groups and hope to see many of you in the regular UG meetings. If you are not a member of the UG yet, please go ahead and register at ahmedabad.sqlpass.org and gandhinagar.sqlpass.org.

    Thank you very much for attending Community Tech-days and providing your feedback.

    If you liked the error-handling session, I would request you to go to and rate the session.


  • K K Rakesh Varma
    October 13, 2009 10:16 am

    Hi Pinal,

    why don’t you post your “The other side of Index” demo in your blog,so that we can read it.Please…….

    —Rakesh Varma

  • The event was really nice.

    Can you provide .Net 4.0 materials?



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