I’m a guy who likes a schedule. I’m a guy who’s going to be in big trouble come the Summit.
I’m seeing some really good advice all around. Thomas LaRock ( Blog | @SQLRockstar ) said to be flexible, because the best learning will most likely happen on-the-fly and in the hall. Allen White ( Blog | @SQLRunr ) said to buy the DVDs on twitter.
Want to see something funny? Here’s a PDF of my original notes as I browsed the Summit schedule builder. (The “web” means I’ve caught the session as a webinar.) There’s no way any person could do all this and get in any networking.
What I Will Attend
I think the tactic that I’m going to follow is not to identify the “must see” session per time slot, but maybe just one or two “must sees” for each day. It’ll help keep me on a basic schedule, and it should allow for enough flexibility to do ad-hoc learning. And of course I’m trying to strike a balance between what I find interesting, what I think will help me immediately, as well as what I think will aid my career. My choices:
- Tuesday – Velic – Lightning Talks at 3:00pm – I very well can’t miss my own session, right?
- Tuesday – Machanic – What Happened? Auditing, Tracking, and Change Monitoring Technologies in SQL Server 2008 at 4:30pm
- Wednesday – Mistry – Understanding SQL Server High Availability Alternatives at 1:30pm
- Wednesday – Simmons – The Art of Indexing at 3:00pm
- Thursday – Shaw – Upgrade and Migrate your SQL Server with Just Minutes of Down Time at 10:15am
- Thursday – Delaney – Seeking SQL Server Secrets at 4:00pm
So there’s my list. What do you think? Am I on the right track? Should I consider some alternatives or replacements? Let’s start some fires in the comments!