SQL Saturday is a series of free single-day conferences that’s being held throughout the United States. Here’s some basic information about the conference from the web site:
We started SQLSaturday in 2007 as a platform for free one day training events for SQL Server professionals. We focus on local speakers, providing a good variety of topics, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. Whether you’re attending one or thinking about hosting your own, we think you’ll find it’s a great way to spend a Saturday.
Events are currently scheduled through October, 2010 (see the site for details on dates and locations). Also, if you’re interested in speaking at one of the events, be sure to submit your session early.
I’ll be presenting two SQL Server sessions (details below) at SQL Saturday Dallas 2010. As of this writing, it looks like there are nearly 500 registered attendees. It should be a great event!
SQL Server Basics for non-DBAs
Despite the importance and value of relational databases, many developers and administrators often have only a basic understanding of how they work. This session covers the basic architecture of SQL Server, including basic installation and configuration of the server. The focus will be an overview of the most important topics, including: Managing database storage, performing regular database maintenance, managing security and data protection. Finally, we’ll conclude with some best practices for managing database schemas and objects. Attendees are encouraged to bring their server and database management questions.
Reporting Services: Development and Deployment
This session will begin with a brief architectural overview of Reporting Services and details on getting up and running with Reporting Services. Then, we will look at demonstrations of creating new reports by building connections and data sets using Report Builder and Visual Studio. Reporting design features including parameterization, dynamic drill-downs, matrix reports, charts, and sorting will be provided.