Understanding Database Behaviour for Developers

I got home last night from my third Galway visit presenting on SQL Server to it’s local IT community.

Galway is such pretty and vibrant city and I continue to enjoy the opportunity to come and visit it albeit briefly. Despite arriving after 10pm at night, the city showed no signs of quieting down and it was a pleasure to amble the streets from the train station to the hotel (though doing so with 2 laptops is not so good for the spine).

My last visit was also in April two years earlier when I presented on the Accidental DBA for the first time and this proved to be an extremely popular topic ever since.

This was my second time presenting “Understanding Database Behaviour for Developers” which was first presented to my own SQL Server Ireland User Group on February 15th 2011.

Using the feedback from the first event, I spent the last week tuning the presentation, adding more & clearer examples as T-SQL scripts and removing as much code as possible from the slides. I also tried to improve the story flow which was a bit too disjointed for my liking originally.

The changes appear to have worked with many more questions and “what-if” scenarios coming from the audience. They say the presenters should never write code in a presentation but some questions were effectively answered by testing it out together there and then. These new cases have been added to my presentation notes.

It was my first time presenting to the local Information Technology Association Galway (aka ITAG) and it’s leader, Damien Joyce, was both friendly and extremely helpful.

I would be happy to return again. The ITAG event details are found at http://www.itag.ie/Home/tabid/81/ctl/View/mid/475/Event/761/Date/20110415/Start/201104151100/End/201104151230/language/en-IE/Default.aspx

My presentation notes can be found at http://cid-56e37aa660df4c78.skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?page=browse&resid=56E37AA660DF4C78!111&type=6&Bsrc=EMSHHM&Bpub=SN.Notifications

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  1. Hello, just hopped over to your page from mixx. It’s not blog post I would typically read, but I loved your perspective on it. Thanx for making a piece worth reading!


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