I flew to Montreal yesterday morning for the DevTeach conference, which was pretty much a whirlwind for me--after getting to the hotel I had only a couple of hours to myself before doing two back-to-back talks (on concurrency and data access architecture), followed by a speaker dinner hosted by the conference at a great restaurant called Gibby's. DevTeach gets my top vote for conference food! After the dinner it was back to my room to write a bit of new material for my talk this morning at 8:00 a.m. A slightly early time slot, but I was just awake enough to not mumble too badly and I think that the audience managed to follow along even without quite enough caffeine intake. And now I'm getting ready to jump on a flight back to Boston. Quite a quick two days!
Aside from the aforementioned victuals, I only have positive praise for the rest of the conference as well. This was my second year there (I had to miss last year due to an injury), and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much better-attended the SQL Server track was than last time I was here. The attendees in my sessions asked some excellent questions, and I left feeling that the overall orientation towards SQL Server is much higher and better put together at DevTeach than at many other conferences that happen to include SQL Server tracks--a testament to the great work done by the conference team.
Starting this November, the conference will be going on the road to Vancouver, so if you live in that area make sure you check it out! I'm sure they'll put on another fantastic show.
In other news, Expert SQL Server 2005 Development is LIVE!!!!
It's been available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a couple of days, but you can now get a sample chapter and view the TOC on the Apress web site. Go for it!
In conjunction with the release, I did an interview with the always interesting Denis the SQL Server Menace. Check that out if you'd like a bit more information on some of the material I included in the book, as well as some other questions Denis came up with.
There is also an article online that I did for CoDe Magazine, which uses some of the same examples as the book's SQLCLR design chapter. And if you want even more, I have a book extract from the chapter on Temporal data currently live on Simple-Talk.com. And if you're in the UK and you subscribe to VSJ, you can see a book extract from another section of the Temporal data chapter, which will be published in next month's issue.
Enjoy, and thanks for reading!