Speaking at SQL Saturday Albany

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For the second consecutive year, I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Albany 2020 on July 25th, 2020. I will be presenting “Keys to a Healthy Relationship with SQL Server” at 3:30 PM.


Developers and DBAs have had a long, sometimes strained relationship. Some developers see DBAs as roadblocks standing in the way of getting their work shipped; some DBAs see developers as agents of chaos bent on ruining their perfect database environments.

In this talk designed for application and database developers, we’ll talk about why SQL Server behaves the way it does, common database and query design pain points, and how we look for them. With real-world examples and tales of troublesome T-SQL, past and present, you’ll start to get a picture of what to do and not to do in your applications. Along the way, you’ll learn how to build a better relationship with both SQL Server and the DBAs responsible for it.

This One’s Virtual!

Unlike my previous SQL Saturday experiences, this one will be a virtual event. I’ve given this presentation remotely once before, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things run on the larger scale of SQL Saturday. It’ll be…different. There are a bunch of names on the speaker list that I’m not familiar with, and that’s awesome! I think going virtual opens the door to more people submitting sessions who wouldn’t normally be able to make the trip.

One of the main things that draws me to SQL Saturday events is spending time with #sqlfamily and meeting new folks, and hopefully I’ll still get to do some of that. I will miss getting to see everyone in 3D though.