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Speaking at SQLSaturday Finland 2018

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is speaking at SQLSaturday Finland 2018On May 12th, I will be speaking at SQLSaturday Finland 2018 :D This will be a milestone weekend. It’s the first ever SQLSaturday Finland! And that means that when this event is over, all the Nordic countries will have had a SQLSaturday. So cool.

It’s always great to see SQLSaturdays in new countries. I’ve been poking my friends in Finland for years encouraging them to organize a SQLSaturday. Both because I wanted to see a SQLSaturday in each of the Nordic countries, but also very selfishly because I wanted to go there myself ;) I have never been to Finland before, so I’m very excited I finally get to visit.

As soon as the event was announced, I registered and decided to go. Later I was honored to get selected to speak as well. After this event, I will have presented at a SQLSaturday in each of the Nordic countries. All I can say is wow. I’m so grateful for each of those opportunities.

Did you know that SQLSaturday Finland was the last event I published on my last day working for PASS? No? I don’t blame you! It’s not something I expect anyone to know or remember except me. But it was a big day for me, and that’s why this event is even more special to me personally. I got to know the amazing team of organizers while helping them get started. I’ve seen the time and effort they’ve put into it, and now the event is just around the corner. Yes, I’m definitely proud of them for everything they’ve accomplished :)

SQLSaturday Finland Schedule

I will be presenting my Biml for Beginners: Script and Automate SSIS Development session. But don’t worry! If you’ve already seen my session or don’t really care about Biml, you have over 20 other amazing sessions to pick from.

See you there?
Are you planning to attend? While we’re waiting, please join the conversation on Twitter. Follow @SQLSatFinland and use the hashtag #SQLSatFinland.

I hope to see you there. Please come and say hi if you see me! :)

SQLBits 2018 Session Recording: Level Up Your Biml

At SQLBits 2018, I presented my Level Up Your Biml: Best Practices and Coding Techniques session, and the session recording is now available! :) You can also view the entire slide deck (including lots of slides I didn’t show during the session itself) on my SlideShare, and download my Biml Demos so you can dig into my code examples.

Level Up Your Biml: Best Practices and Coding Techniques Session Recording

Watch the video on the SQLBits Website:
SQLBits 2018 Session Recording: Level Up Your Biml by Cathrine Wilhelmsen

What did I learn and how can I improve?

In a previous post about presenting webinars, I recommended that everyone should do a few things afterward: watch the recording and take notes about what you can improve, and write about it.

The same goes for session recordings. My sessions are rarely recorded, especially not with video of me (eeeeek!), so I decided to take this opportunity to learn more about how I deliver sessions in-person. By sharing my thoughts, I hope to improve my own skills and maybe even help a few others so they can pick up a few tricks and not make the same mistakes as me.

And if you’re wondering, yes, it still feels extremely awkward watching and listening to my own session recording :D

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Speaking at SQLDay 2018 in Poland

Speaking at SQLDay 2018 in Poland From May 14-16 I will be in Wrocław attending SQLDay 2018, the 10th edition of the largest Microsoft Data Platform conference in Poland. I have never been to Poland before, so I’m very excited that I finally get the chance to attend, yay! :)

SQLDay 2018 Workshops and Sessions

SQLDay 2018 has 6 workshops and more than 50 sessions over three days. Check out the amazing line-up!

I will be presenting my Level Up Your Biml: Best Practices and Coding Techniques session, covering topics such as CallBimlScript, LINQ (Language-Integrated Queries), and C# helper classes and extension methods. I have added a couple of new things to this session since the last time I presented it, and I hope this will help fellow Bimlers become even more productive.

See you there?
Are you also planning to attend? Let me know, and come and say hi if you see me! :)

Online Tools for Data Professionals (T-SQL Tuesday #101)

T-SQL Tuesday #101: Online Tools for Data ProfessionalsT-SQL Tuesday #101 is hosted by Jens Vestergaard (@vestergaardj), and the topic is The Essential SQL Server Tools in my stack. There are several tools that I use every single day, such as Notepad++, Redgate SQL Prompt, and BimlExpress. In fact, there are so many amazing tools out there for data professionals that I created an entire session focusing on Tools and Tips For Data Warehouse Developers! Since I have already covered my favorite tools in other blog posts, I want to take a slightly different approach this time and share some of my favorite online tools.

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Collecting Geeky Norwegian Humor (T-SQL Tuesday #99)

T-SQL Tuesday #99: Collecting Absurd Norwegian HumorT-SQL Tuesday #99 is hosted by Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) and the topic is Dealer’s Choice. What does that mean? Aaron wanted us to choose between two topics: write about something we are passionate about outside the SQL Server community, or write about T-SQL bad habits and best practices. I’m too afraid to argue with Aaron about T-SQL, so I chose the first option ;)

But what did I want to write about? Truth be told, I’m pretty boring. I don’t have any real hobbies outside of tech, just a few interests. I first considered writing about hiking. I need to disconnect completely once in a while, and my favorite way of doing that is to get sweaty while walking for hours up a mountain or waterfall. My Instagram (@cathrinesqueee) is my highlight reel, full of pictures and happy memories from my trips.

Some of my favorite hiking memories are: descending into Thrihnukagigur Volcano, eating lunch on top of the Rocky Mountains, relaxing at the Alluvial Fan, exploring the Garden of the Gods, climbing Seven Falls, overlooking the Norwegian fjords, driving across the never-ending Jotunheimen mountains, watching the fog roll in over Trollstigen, hiking Dinosaur Ridge, crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge, taking a break on Mount Falcon, visiting the Loveland Pass, and gazing at presidents at Mount Rushmore.

Mads Eriksen MHowever, instead of embedding all the pictures that are already on Instagram, I decided to write about something completely different. Something obscure. Something fun and geeky from way before I got involved in the SQL Server community. Something from my good old teenage fangirling days…

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