Tuesday's pre-conference session (for me) was Gert Drapers' Data Dude (Visual Studio Team System for Database Professionals). I've seen a number of Gert's presentations in one hour format, and this was a chance to see the product in depth. I wasn't disappointed (except that he ran out of time). Gert had created a two-day workshop on the product and tried to squeeze the material into a one day presentation. It was an admirable effort, and I really got a lot out of it, but would have liked to get more into the unit testing aspect, and he had to race through that because they were kicking us out of the room at the end of the day. I'm looking forward to reviewing the presentation materials and starting to work with the product when I get back.
The PASS Welcome Reception was a lot of fun. Louis Davidson did the SIG Quiz Bowl again, this year in the form of SQL Server Jeopardy. He asked for my help, so I served as sideline scorekeeper, but I coaxed my friend Johan Bijnens from Belgium to participate. After it was over, Johan took second place and won a Microsoft Zune, and a $50 gift card. Very nice.
After the Welcome Reception I attended the SQL Server Central party, and had a great time playing at the craps table. (I love that game!) At the end of the night I walked away with a Nintendo DS Lite game package - very nice.
Johan and I wanted to find some "real" beer after that, and went to the Rock Bottom Brewery, and hooked up with the Solid Quality Mentors party, which was still going on there. Thanks to Fernando Guerrero and Randy Dyess for their hospitality!