PASS 2011 summit excitement
The PASS summit is an amazing event, it is fantastic to see more than 4000 SQL Server DBAs and BI developers from all over the world at the one place. Everyone here is talking SQL, joking SQL and breezing SQL. The most terrific thing about an SQL Server DBAs is that crazy and passionate light in their eyes when they talk about their job and an SQL Server in general.
I'm very new to the twitter world but here everything that happens on summit is always commented on twitter ( note the big screen on the photo - it's all twitting) , all the tricky questions and the funny remarks during the sessions, mentors criticizing notes and, of course, "thank you very much for a great session" comments as well as all activities like #sqlrun in the morning, #sqlawards , #sqlquiz and #sqlclinic during the day and #sqlkaraoke in the evening. Second day of the PASS was #sqlkilt day, many #sqlpeople were going around in kilts.
It's quite difficult to choose which lecture to attend because there are 15 at each timeslot and always at least 3 that looks like "the must". I have attended many, some of them were breathtaking, some were more interesting, some less, some were just to meet the mentors who actually write those books that we read, those sqlblogs and articles that we discuss. Towards the end of the day there are more and more people with melted brain were seen around. The absolute top winners of all sessions were:
- Pre-conf "All about execution plans" by Gail Shaw and Grant Fritchey
- Pre-conf "An enlightened approach to performan tuning" by Adam Machanic
- "Inside Tempdb" by Bob Ward
- "Important trace flags that every DBA should know" by Victor Isakov
- "More DBA mythbusters" by Paul Randal
- "Zen and Art of workspace memory" by Adam Machanic
The time flew so fast, summit is over and I’m back home, need somehow to stop Twitter addiction, cannot make myself stop following #sqlpass twits because this way I feel I’m still back there among this incredible #sqlfamily.