PowerShell: A Tale of Two Checklists (Slidedeck)

October 24, 2011

In the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate enough to deliver my new presentation, PowerShell: A Tale of Two Checklists, at the Richmond Code Camp and to the Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group. Thank you to all that attended either and especially those that offered me feedback. As promised, there are the slides from the presentation.

As for my demo script, based on some feedback that I received, I have decided to tweak it a bit before posting it. I want to take some of the custom stuff out and make a version that could be universally applicable. I also want to make it driven by a configuration file so that the file itself does not need to change each time you run it. So, stay tuned and thanks to those that offered these suggestions!

If you missed these events, don’t fret! I am slated to deliver this presentation again at the SQLSaturday event in Washington, DC, on November 5th. This event is free and sure to be a blast! Get more information and register here. Hope to see you there!


I am NOT Speaking at SQLSaturday #61 in DC

November 24, 2010

That’s right!  I am NOT speaking at SQLSaturday #61 in DC on December 4, 2010.  While that is not really news (I have not spoken at any SQLSaturday except for one), it does begin to make my point.  I considered submitting a session but in the end decided that I would instead go as dedicated volunteer.  I will be there, but as a volunteer first and an attendee second.

I am looking forward to being a part of the behind the scenes action.  I hope to gain a better understanding of what it takes to run a SQLSaturday event.  I am learning quite a bit about what it takes to plan one through my involvement with SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach.  Perhaps one day I will be able to use all of this experience to help bring a SQLSaturday to Virginia Beach.

So, while I may not be speaking, Andy Leonard, Kendra Little, John Sterret, Jeremiah Peschka, Joel Cochran, and many others are.  SQLSaturday #61 in DC is a can’t miss!


Come on out to SQLSaturday #30 in Richmond

January 19, 2010

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago here, I will be giving a case-study style presentation on SQL Server Integration Services at the upcoming SQLSaturday event in Richmond on January 30, 2010.  I will be presenting several of the SSIS projects that I have built at work.  Through a review of these projects, we will discuss some of the advantages SSIS presented as opposed to alternate approaches or technologies that I could have employed, look at exactly how I accomplished these things in SSIS, and lay out some best practices for SSIS development.  My slot on the schedule is at 11:00 AM, on Track 1.

It will be a day of firsts for me.  This will be the first opportunity that I have had to attend a SQLSaturday.  I have heard about these events for sometime now and think its great that we have one within a couple hours of where I live for the first time (I believe).  I had a blast at the recent SharePoint Saturday here in Virginia Beach and am not really a SharePoint guy (just play one at work quite often.)  So, I know a similar event focused on SQL Server will be a lot of fun.

This will also be my first time speaking at an event like this.  I’m quite nervous, of course, but looking forward to it.

I would like to encourage any of you among my legion of devoted blog followers who will be near the Richmond, VA, area on January 30th to sign up to attend.  It is a free event and I’m sure a large turnout would help to make sure other such events take place in our area in the years to come.  Register here to secure your place!