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:
- To visit my User Group in Ahmedabad whenever he comes to India next time – He kept his promise!
- 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)
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.
Absolutely, it was pleasure to meet you last time and this time much more. :)
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.
Hello Rushabh Sir,
Thank you very much for this kind opportunity.
I just arrived at class room and the set up is perfect.
I’m pretty jealous
Enjoy your time here in the states! :)
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
Kev and Vijaya,
I am having great fun. So many details I have learned!
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.
I will sure do that.
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 ….