It’s that time of year again… The largest, coolest, geekiest, most awesome party of the year is just around the corner! Oh, and there’s this conference attached to the party as well. SQLBits 2018: Magic Edition. You may have heard of it? :D
SQLBits is the largest SQL Server and Microsoft Data Platform conference in Europe. It has 4 days of training and over 170 sessions by both the Microsoft Product Group and community speakers. It’s a professional conference in all ways, and it’s organized entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers. That’s right, it’s a pure community event, and it’s fantastic.
I was a speaker and volunteer at SQLBits 2015 (Superhero Edition), a precon speaker at SQLBits 2016 (Space Edition), a PASS representative at SQLBits 2017 (Disco Edition), and I’m very happy to go back to where I started as a speaker and volunteer at SQLBits 2018 (Magic Edition). I was actually really bummed when I wasn’t a volunteer, it’s so much fun helping out to make it a smooth conference for attendees and getting to know all the other wonderful volunteers. This year, I’m back! Yay :)
Scott and I will guide you through everything you need to start using Biml in real projects. From installing the free Biml tools, to the basics of Biml and BimlScript, to creating a staging environment, to building a metadata framework, and finally how to organize your code, work in a team, and automate deployment. Yep, that’s a lot of content to go through in one day, but you will get all the sample code so you won’t have to start from scratch.
We have very different backgrounds and experiences. Scott created Biml and I work in-house with teams in different countries. We will focus on best practices and code standards, but I’m also looking forward to sharing how we’ve solved problems in different ways. We hope the day will be interesting for everyone, from those of you who are completely new to Biml to those of you who have already built a Biml solution. Bring your questions and real-life problems! And if one day isn’t enough? I’ll be there for another three days :)
SQLBits XIV Superhero Edition was my first SQLBits experience, and it was a truly amazing week!
I want to start with a massive thank you to the organizers: Darren Green, Simon Sabin, James Rowland-Jones, Chris Testa-o’neill, Allan Mitchell, Jonathan Allen and Annette Allen. You guys did one heck of a job to make this the best conference in the universe! :) I also want to say thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and speakers who made this a great event. And to all the attendees, I hope you had a blast and that I’ll see you again next year!
One of my goals this year is to do things that scare me. It looks like I will achieve that goal, because I can’t really imagine anything scarier than speaking at one of the largest SQL Server conferences in the world! I’m very nervous, but also very proud and happy to announce that I will be speaking at SQLBits XIV Superhero Edition (#SQLBits) in March.
The session is called “Tools and Tips: From accidental to efficient Data Warehouse developer” and it will be a journey through some of my “Oh wow! Why did I not know this yesterday!?” moments. (Some of them are also known as my “Ooops!” moments.) I will talk about a variety of topics, from basic keyboard shortcuts, to free tools and scripts, to how you can use Biml for SSIS development. There was a time when these things were completely unknown to me, and I hope that I can help other accidental Data Warehouse developers so they don’t have to spend years discovering these things one by one.
The agenda is live, and my session is scheduled for Friday, March 6th from 5pm-6pm. It’s the last session of the day and some amazing speakers that I look up to will be speaking at the same time as me, so it will be interesting to see if anyone wants to attend my session! :) But no matter what happens, I will do my very best and enjoy the amazing event. I will also be volunteering and I’m looking forward to learning more about what it takes to run a large event like SQLBits.
Is your costume ready? I only need a few bits and pieces for my costume. I can’t wait to see all the SQL superheroes and villains, hang out with old friends and make lots of new friends. Come and say hi when you see me there! :)