PASS Summit is coming up, and I thought I'd post a few things.
At the PASS Summit, you will get the chance to hear presentations by the SQL Server establishment. Just about every big name in the SQL Server world is a regular at the PASS Summit, so you will get to hear and meet people like Kalen Delaney (@sqlqueen) (who just recently got awarded MVP status for the 20th year running), and from all around the world such as the UK's Chris Webb (@technitrain) or Pinal Dave (@pinaldave) from India. Almost all the household names in SQL Server will be there, including a large contingent from Microsoft. The PASS Summit is by far the best place to meet the legends of SQL Server. And they're not all old. Some are, but most of them are younger than you might think.
The hottest topics are often about the newest technologies (such as SQL Server 2012). But you will almost certainly learn new stuff about older versions too. But that's not what I wanted to pick on for this point.
There are many new speakers at every PASS Summit, and content that has not been covered in other places. This year, for example, LobsterPot's Roger Noble (@roger_noble) is giving a presentation for the first time. He's a regular around the Australian circuit, but this is his first time presenting to a US audience. New Zealand's Paul White (@sql_kiwi) is attending his first PASS Summit, and will be giving over four hours of incredibly deep stuff that has never been presented anywhere in the US before (I can't say the world, because he did present similar material in Adelaide earlier in the year).
No, I'm not talking about plagiarism – the talks you'll hear are all their own work.
But you will get a lot of stuff you'll be able to take back and apply at work. The PASS Summit sessions are not full of sales-pitches, telling you about how great things could be if only you'd buy some third-party vendor product. It's simply not that kind of conference, and PASS doesn't allow that kind of talk to take place. Instead, you'll be taught techniques, and be able to download scripts and slides to let you perform that magic back at work when you get home. You will definitely find plenty of ideas to borrow at the PASS Summit.
Yeah – and there's karaoke. Blue – Jason – SQL Karaoke – YouTube