SQLBits—The 7 Wonders of SQL Conference—will be held in York, England, September 30 through October 2, 2010. SQLBits is the largest SQL Server conference held in Europe, and this three-day event will be held at York University, allowing up to 500 SQL Server professionals to attend.
SQLServerCentral.com, along with Red Gate Software, are glad to announce that nominations for the 2010 Exceptional DBA Awards are now open. Three years ago, the award was established to help bring about more awareness regarding the importance of the DBA role among the IT community. The first ever Exceptional DBA Award went to Dan McClain in 2008, and to Josef Richberg in 2009.
I know a lot of DBAs fall into the category of part-time DBAs, because they work in small IT shops and they often have to wear many hats. I have actually never shared this secret before, but I was an Exchange Administrator before became becoming a full-time DBA, back in the old days when Exchange was the new kid on the block. In fact, I cut my teeth on the old Microsoft Mail (a memory I do my best to block).
The upcoming SQLBits 6, to be held Friday, April 16, 2010, will be held at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, London, England. This full day, free event will be themed around SQL Server performance and scalability.
Currently, the call for speakers is open, and if you would like to submit session abstracts for consideration, you can find out more here.
Official registration for the event will begin in March, but if you planning on attending, you need to mark your calendar now, and also sign up at the SQLBits website in order to be notified as soon as registration opens.
Microsoft has announced that Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 will be released in the third quarter of 2010, and that Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2005 will be released in the fourth quarter of 2010. Find out more here.
Managing T-SQL source code has never been easy, and has often been the bane for many T-SQL developers. Later this year, this problem will go away as Red Gate Software introduces its new SQL Source Control software, which allows T-SQL code to be managed under source control, while working directly from inside of Management Studio. It allows individual developers and development teams to keep their T-SQL code in synch during database development.
SQL Source Control is currently available as part of Red Gate Software’s Early Access Program. The current version works with the free open source Subversion version control system, and the next Early Access Release will support Microsoft Team Foundation Server.
If you would like to get a head start in using SQL Source Control, and would like to provide feedback before its initial release, you can sign up here.