SQL SERVER – Advanced T-SQL with Itzik Ben-Gan – A Dream Coming True

As from my blog posts, all of you are probably aware that I am very much excited for attending SQL PASS at Seattle from Nov 1, 2009. As the days to the summit were nearing, I could already feel the rush of adrenalin in my veins. May be because of this, I could not wait any longer and so I headed towards Seattle a week earlier!

As Robert Cain mentioned on twitter, I finally arrived at Seattle a week earlier than the start date of the summit. I landed in Seattle on the evening of Oct 24, 2009. As I was early, I wanted to spend my time constructively by learning something. I asked Rushabh Mehta, the Managing Director of Solid Quality India, regarding what to do during the free time. Rushabh was well aware that I am a big fan of Itzik Ben-Gan. I have already read every available book written by him on T-SQL subject. Rushabh right away suggested me to attend the course taught by Itzik in Bellevue (located very close to Seattle).

I dreamt of meeting Itzik, and I had finally managed to meet him in the MVP Global Summit earlier this year. In the same event, I was fortunate to meet Rushabh also, and he had promised me the following:

  1. To visit my User Group in Ahmedabad whenever he comes to India next time – He kept his promise!
  2. To help me attend one of Itzik’s courses to make my lifetime dream come true – Well! he is about to fulfill his second promise too.

I am very glad that Itzik accepted my registration for his course Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning for SQL Server 2005 & 2008. As you might be aware, for his courses, there is always a waiting list of attendees. Here, I want to thank Rushabh and Itzik along with Solid Quality Global for arranging this wonderful opportunity for me.

I am very glad as my happiness has doubled as soon as I came to USA. My stay in USA is for 12 days. I have arrived on Oct 24, 2009 at 9 PM and will leave on Nov 6, 2009 at 8 AM. During these 12 days, I will continue to blog and share my experience at Seattle.

You can follow me on twitter. I plan to update you all regarding the interesting details about my trip @twitter.

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

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10 Comments. Leave new

  • I am so jealous, I’d love to be in Itzik’s course. Hopefully I’ll get to attend some sessions during PASS. Enjoy! Look forward to seeing you next week.

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  • Robert Sir,

    Absolutely, it was pleasure to meet you last time and this time much more. :)

    Kind Regards,
    Pinal

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  • Welcome to US Pinal and enjoy Itzik’s class. He is an amazing teacher. I look forward to catching up with you at PASS in a few days.

    Cheers,

    Rushabh

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  • Hello Rushabh Sir,

    Thank you very much for this kind opportunity.

    I just arrived at class room and the set up is perfect.

    Kind Regards,
    Pinal

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  • Pinal,

    I’m pretty jealous

    Enjoy your time here in the states! :)

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  • Vijaya Kadiyala
    October 29, 2009 2:43 am

    Hey Pinal,

    I can see the happiness and excitement in your blog post about how badly you want to attent Itzik’s class..

    You rock dude..

    Thanks — Vj

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  • Kev and Vijaya,

    I am having great fun. So many details I have learned!

    Kind Regards,
    Pinal

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  • Hi Pinal,
    When you get the time could you post the learnings you had in Itzik’s class. Have a great time at the class and the summit.

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  • Avaneesh Bajoria
    July 23, 2010 2:47 pm

    Dear Pinal Sir,
    I read a lot through your blog which is great source of information. Sir, I am a s/w developer and want to pursue career in SQL if you can suggest me as to how shall i move on (any certification or any guidance would be helpful) would be really encouraging… thanks ….

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