quick blog from #sqlpass #summit13

Been a busy couple of days; hell, the last few weeks have been just nuts. I’m pausing for a few seconds to type a quick post from sunny Charlotte, and just fill in a few thoughts.

First, I think my XQuery session went reasonably well; I got bit by the demo gods, and shouldn’t have tried to use the magnifier without more practice, but I had a lot of questions and a few nods of approval. Overall, I think it was a B effort, and am hopeful that I can improve it.

Second, it’s always exciting to be back at Summit; kind of like New Year’s Day. I make lots of resolutions about how I want to get involved with an active and dynamic community. Let’s see how many of them stick. Mostly, I like being around smart people, and it’s been quite exciting to talk to some of the smartest people I know. I’ve had some great technical conversations with lots of people, and its given me a lot of things to mull over in terms of where I want to go and grow.

Third, I also got sucked into a lot of conversations about the whole PASS election/membership issue. My post about Allen Kinsel’s campaign seem to have kicked off more of a firestorm than I realized. I’ve had lots of people ask me what my thoughts were on the issue, and really, it’s kind of simple: We’re database people, and we need a plan to fix a data problem. I don’t have that plan, but there are lots of people who do (see my second point above about smart people).

Fourth, keynotes\sessions are awesome. I’m learning a lot, and I hope others are as well.

More to come soon.

October 17, 2013 · stuart · 4 Comments
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4 Responses

  1. mbourgon - October 21, 2013

    Stuart, might it be possible to get a copy of your slide deck? I wound up seeing Bob Ward’s session instead (sorry, but you came in second to Bob Ward), and I don’t see the deck on PASS’ web site. That being said, I do need better XML skills, and your abstract seemed right up my alley.

    I do plan on watching your presentation once they make them available, but I have a particular problem I’m trying to solve on the ring buffer, based on a tip I got from the sql clinic. Thanks!

    Many thanks!

  2. Alex - October 22, 2013


    I didn’t get a chance to attend your presentation, but I am looking to at least review the slides/demos. However, there are none available on the PASS website for your session and I don’t see anything on your Blog.

    Any chance this will be available?



  3. stuart - October 22, 2013

    Hi; thanks for looking for the slides\demos. I’m sorry, but I got sucked into a number of projects when I got home, and just haven’t had a chance to bundle everything up and load it to the site. I’ll try to get that accomplished tonight, and I hope it’s helpful.

  4. stuart - October 22, 2013

    Slides\demos are uploaded to code,etc page. 🙂

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