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SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 Wrap-Up

SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 Wrap-Up

Another SQL Saturday Chicago has come and gone, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we have spent the last 11 months planning. It truly was our best SQL Saturday yet, with 422 attendees. We also ended with 130 on our waiting list, which is another record. Even with this larger venue it appears our demand still exceeds the amount of room we have. We also had more churn this year than ever before in terms of attendees. This is a great thing, as many people realized they were unable to attend ahead of time and…
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Why I Love SQLBits

Why I Love SQLBits

With SQLBits coming up quickly (it's next week!) I wanted to take a few moments to write about what very quickly has become my favorite conference. It's an awesome experience and I am so grateful that I am able to attend, volunteer, and present there for a second year. It's Not PASS Summit I love PASS Summit - no surprises there. I've written many posts about it, why you should attend, and how to prepare for it over the years. But I think it's really important to point out that SQLBits is not PASS Summit, nor is it organized by…
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Saving to Excel in Azure Data Studio

Saving to Excel in Azure Data Studio

Azure Data Studio continues to grow on me. I previously wrote about getting my favorite keyboard shortcuts to work, which made me very happy, but now for a feature I love even more - saving result sets to Excel! Yes, I know, spreadsheets can be evil. They can even be places where good datasets go to die, but it's important to remember that they're a necessary evil. Sometimes you just need a result set in a spreadsheet, whether you want it to be in one or not. In SQL Server Management Studio, there's no single-step way to save a result…
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Join Me for PASS Data Expert Series!

Join Me for PASS Data Expert Series!

I'm very honored to have one of my PASS Summit sessions chosen for the PASS Data Expert Series, taking place this Thursday, February 7th! This is an awesome opportunity to see some of the top-rated sessions from this year's PASS Summit. Included is my session on SQL Server Management Studio, which ended up being the second-best attended session of the entire conference. I will be available to answer any questions that come up during the presentation. Sound awesome? Register today! I hope to see you there!
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SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 Schedule Posted!

SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 Schedule Posted!

We have just under two months to go until SQL Saturday Chicago 2019! This year we received 148 abstracts from 63 different speakers, and we are very pleased to announce our schedule. Thank you to all who submitted! I hope to see you on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Benedictine University in Lisle for what will be a wonderful day of free training, networking, and career development. (Lunch is available for $15.) We have once again broken our previous record for registration (set last year), and are now at capacity. But fear not! There are still ways you can attend:…
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