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Enjoy Another Sandwich -- Kent Tegels

Yummy slices of SQL Server between slices of .NET and XML

+1: The start of me, version 4.0

Cross-posted from Spendid Isolation

After a few months of silence, I am happy to say that I am returning to regular duty in the Microsoft Technical space. The last eight months have been very difficult ones between health issues and the economy. However, I feel like now is the best time to start making a personal investment in community building again. Therefore, to that end, I am pleased to make the following announcements.

Working with the other leaders of The Sioux Falls .NET user group, I have taken on responsibility for getting The Sioux Falls chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server up and going. As you know, SQL Server is just as much my passion as helping others learn and grow are. I am very excited about this opportunity. We will soon be announcing an organizational meeting for those of you interested in attending.

Second, as many of know, I had a great run with DevelopMentor as one of their SQL Server instructors. So when I read Ted Neward's post about the company, I felt sad. 

In much the same way he does, I feel warmly about people like Dr. Sumida and the Niels Berglund. Indeed, I remember my night with "Scary Ron" and agree -- it had a lot impact on me! So much of what Ted has to say resonates deeply with me -- especially the bits about what it meant to be part of that culture. Honestly, that is what I found to be so great about being there.

Sadly, the economic reality of 2009 meant that I could not continue to be part of DM going forward. While there has been a lot of back-and-forth DM's economic future today , there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to be successful thanks to the hard work their instructors and back office staff.

Still, I love to learn and share what I have learned with others. That is why, today, I am pleased to announce that I have joined the Technical Staff of PluralSight. Again, I feel blessed to be working with "the best of the best" folks like Fritz Onion, Dan Sullivan and many others. This is also a great fit for me since I can work on developing on-line delivered content, cutting down on travel while I work on getting practical experience and data for my Doctorate research. Of course, getting my health back the best it has been in years benefits too.

HDC09

Last but far from least, I am happy to say that Joe Olson has let me know that I will be speaking at the Heartland Developer's Conference again this year. Of all of the conferences I have done, HDC is the most rewarding and important to me since it directly affects the developers in my community first. This year's talk will be very different for me: rather than doing a deep dive into some facet of the technology stack I will be talking about "how to (and not to) give a presentation."

Maybe a little of "Scary Kent" will finally come out. I'm +1 with that.

Cross-posted from Spendid Isolation

After a few months of silence, I am happy to say that I am returning to regular duty in the Microsoft Technical space. The last eight months have been very difficult ones between health issues and the economy. However, I feel like now is the best time to start making a personal investment in community building again. Therefore, to that end, I am pleased to make the following announcements.

Working with the other leaders of The Sioux Falls .NET user group, I have taken on responsibility for getting The Sioux Falls chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server up and going. As you know, SQL Server is just as much my passion as helping others learn and grow are. I am very excited about this opportunity. We will soon be announcing an organizational meeting for those of you interested in attending.

Second, as many of know, I had a great run with DevelopMentor as one of their SQL Server instructors. So when I read Ted Neward's post about the company, I felt sad. 

In much the same way he does, I feel warmly about people like Dr. Sumida and the Niels Berglund. Indeed, I remember my night with "Scary Ron" and agree -- it had a lot impact on me! So much of what Ted has to say resonates deeply with me -- especially the bits about what it meant to be part of that culture. Honestly, that is what I found to be so great about being there.

Sadly, the economic reality of 2009 meant that I could not continue to be part of DM going forward. While there has been a lot of back-and-forth DM's economic future today , there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to be successful thanks to the hard work their instructors and back office staff.

Still, I love to learn and share what I have learned with others. That is why, today, I am pleased to announce that I have joined the Technical Staff of PluralSight. Again, I feel blessed to be working with "the best of the best" folks like Fritz Onion, Dan Sullivan and many others. This is also a great fit for me since I can work on developing on-line delivered content, cutting down on travel while I work on getting practical experience and data for my Doctorate research. Of course, getting my health back the best it has been in years benefits too.

HDC09

Last but far from least, I am happy to say that Joe Olson has let me know that I will be speaking at the Heartland Developer's Conference again this year. Of all of the conferences I have done, HDC is the most rewarding and important to me since it directly affects the developers in my community first. This year's talk will be very different for me: rather than doing a deep dive into some facet of the technology stack I will be talking about "how to (and not to) give a presentation."

Maybe a little of "Scary Kent" will finally come out. I'm +1 with that.

Published Tuesday, June 02, 2009 2:00 PM by ktegels

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About ktegels

Kent Tegels passed away on July 31, 2010. Kent was an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University and a member of the technical staff at PluralSight. He was recognized by Microsoft with Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status in SQL Server for his community involvement with SQL Server and .NET. Kent held Microsoft Certifications in Database Administration and Systems Engineering, and contributed to several books on data access programming and .NET. He was a well known industry speaker, and resided in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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