SQLSaturday

Yesterday I attended SQLSaturday#33 in Charlotte, NC. It was the second time I have attended, my first time being the very first SQLSaturday in Orlando, FL about 3 years ago. I was glad I received the opportunity to go this year – last year there were not any near me for to attend and then return for work on time – and as before I learned plenty while learning how much I really still have left to learn. Strangely, I really appreciate the fact of knowing that there is plenty left for me to learn. As such, I would like to thank all of those who came to share and teach those who attended.

I would especially like to thank the following people who taught the classes I attended:

  • Mike Walsh, “As a DBA, where do I start?” and “You Can Improve Your Own SQL Code”
  • Kendal Van Dyke, “Getting started in blogging and technical speaking.”
  • Timothy Ford, “Tips For The Lazy But Driven DBA
  • Patrick LeBlanc, “SQL Server Data Compression 101″ (I’m still laughing about his “white paper” slip-up)
  • Geoff Hiten, “Bad SQL

For anyone interested, I will be condensing my notes for their classes for some co-workers and I will also post the notes and the materials by Wednesday – this way I can kill two geek groups with one zip.

Oops, a bug!

I would like to thank Connie for pointing out that there seems to be a bug with my script in “Custom Tags using jQuery 1.4.1,” but I have been unable to determine why and have submitted it for review by some others. Internet Explorer 7 and 8 both fail to execute the script, while still allowing other JavaScript to run, and say the problem exists within the jQuery library itself. I will post a correction once I, or someone who is quicker, have found the source of the problem.

Next Post Preview: Custom iContact API

Next Monday I will be posting a custom mini-API for anyone using iContact’s API – my rendition uses a single function call to subscribe a contact to a list regardless of whether the contact already exists or not. Strangely, I couldn’t find anything like had to make my own, but this is an important feature for anyone who wants to integrated a newsletter sign up form into their own website. I hope you look forward to it!