SQL Saturday has become a happening event and SQL Saturday #52 in Denver was no different. Very well organized, good sponsors, excellent speakers. I’ve been to three of them this year and I could say the same about each one. There is a certain vibe at the events that I really enjoy, a type of sharing and discussion among professionals that many of us take pleasure in but don’t get to do enough. It seems that when we are together on a Saturday, away from work and without the expectations that come from making a major financial outlay, we allow ourselves to experience the parts we like best about our business. For most of us, our work is still a challenging mental exercise. These events let our minds explore and allow us to theorize and hypothesize about the best way to implement a BI solution, or how to make SQL Server perform better, or what the best way to code T-SQL is.
If you haven’t attended one of these, do yourself a favor and take one Saturday out of the year to attend one in your area. You don’t have to be a DBA to benefit either. The people and sessions are far-reaching and cover anything from managing your career to predicting the future with data mining.