I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately speakng at SQL Saturday events. This last weekend it was my great pleasure to speak at Utah Code Camp, a local event. Not only was it nice to be local, but I really enjoyed the code camp. Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay all day as I had some other things going on as I have been gone a lot of Saturdays lately but I rally enjoyed the time I was there. I prepared a new session for the event, which I am also doing at SQL Saturday in Chicago this weekend (3/26). The session is titled “Hierarchical data in my database? Understanding SQL Server XML Features”. It is a quick overview of the various ways to get XML in and out of SQL Server, the T-SQL XQuery implementation, etc. A new session is always a bit worrisome as no matter how much you prepare and practice, you’re not real sure how the timing will go. But it seemed to go well, I had several positive comments from attendees afterwards, and I finished with about 5 minutes to spare. So not a bad first outing at all.
Utah Code Camp
About the Author: Randy Knight
In 2010, after 20+ years in the technology industry, I set out to create a world class consulting firm and in October of that year SSG was born. What I love most about what I do, and what we have created at SSG, is solving the seemingly insurmountable puzzles and problems. I was once called the “database whisperer” by a customer. In addition to 25 years’ experience with SQL Server, I am a Microsoft Certified Master, and Microsoft and Novell Certified Trainer. Prior to founding SSG, I was the Database Administrator for Fidelity Investments, EverCom Systems, and Verizon. I was at match.com as the Technical Architect for six years, and also Senior Database Engineer for the LDS Church. I’ve done lots of fun stuff in my career. The most “interesting” data I’ve worked with was at match.com just because it’s so different. I also really enjoy taking part in and presenting at SQL Server events nationwide including SQLSaturday, User Groups, SQL PASS Rally and SQL PASS Summit.