SQL Saturday #116: A first but definitely not the last

Last weekend we successfully concluded SQL Saturday #116 which was the first ever SQL Saturday organized in India. I had the opportunity to present at the event and it was definitely an experience that I enjoyed immensely! Right at the outset, I want to call out two aspects of the event:

  • The audience – The audience participation and enthusiasm was amazing without whom this event wouldn’t have been a success!
  • Our sponsors, volunteers and SQL PASS – It’s needless to say that the event without the support of our sponsors and volunteers wouldn’t have been possible!

The event had two tracks with even a SQL Server Clinic which was like an Ask-the-Expert session where you could bring the problems that you experience with SQL Server and discuss it with the SQL experts from CSS. This was a new addition which was the brainwave of my colleague, Tejas Shah [Twitter]. If you have attended the SQL Pass Summit, then you will be familiar with this concept.

I was presenting on Demystifying SQL Server Memory Dumps which I thoroughly enjoyed presenting! I have already uploaded my presentation to the SQL Saturday website. All the debugging demos shown are available under the debugging category tag on my blog.

Thank you everyone who attended in making this a fun event for us!!

Here are some other blog posts on the event from other speakers/attendee: Lohith [Speaker], Sudeepta [Attendee/Volunteer], Manas [Volunteer/Attendee], Varun Dhawan [Attendee] and Vinod Kumar [Speaker].


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SQL Saturday #116: Are you gonna be there?

I am really looking forward to SQL Saturday 116 which is the first SQL Saturday being organized in Bangalore at the Microsoft Office on January 7th, 2012. There are some interesting stuff lined up for the day with two different tracks: Main and Practical. You can look up the schedule here.

Not only do you have an amazingly line-up of speakers but there’s also going to be a SQL Server Clinic. Those of you who have attended the SQL Pass Summit might be familiar with this concept where you have MSFT CSS Engineers having deep technical expertise in SQL Server available to you to discuss your real-world SQL problems that you face in your environments that you manage or work on. We love the challenge of new problems that we have not seen before and derive immense amount of satisfaction in helping someone resolve a tough or difficult issue involving SQL Server! If you have a specific problem to solve, it helps to bring the details. ERRORLOG files, error messages, specific query syntax, or details of your environment. The more background context you provide us with, the more we can narrow down with our suggestions. No presentations, just some serious troubleshooting and on-the-spot assistance from 2:30PM IST – 5PM IST under the Practical track.

I am glad that I will have the opportunity of presenting at SQL Saturday #116 along with the likes of Pinal Dave [Blog | Twitter], Vinod Kumar [Blog | Twitter] and Balmukund Lakhani [Blog | Twitter]. My presentation topic reads “Demsytifying SQL Server Memory Dumps” at 11:30AM IST. As the topic reads, I am going to clarify why digging into the root causes which result in SQL Server memory dumps might not be a daunting task!

I am totally looking forward to Jan 7th!! That would be a cracker of way to start off the first weekend on the New Year! Are you gonna be there?