There are a lot of in-person training opportunities just around the corner.
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If you’re a person who works with SQL Server every day, then this event is the one for you. There will be more top-quality speakers, more Microsoft SQL Server dev team members, more SQL Server MVPs, and more of your fellow users to share experiences with than ever before. And if you’re the sort of person who enjoys giving back to the community, please consider volunteering with PASS. Check out http://www.sqlpass.org for more details.
There are two other events waiting in the wings that I’m excited about. The biggest one, is the triple launch of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk 2006. The Microsoft Launch Tour 2005 starts November 7 in
If I weren’t already going to PASS and the SQL Server 2005 launch, I’d definitely be at the SQL Server Magazine Connections conference in
On the other hand, I know that many of you have tight training budgets that prevent you from traveling. If that’s the case, don’t forget that there are lots of on-demand webcasts at Windows IT Pro Magazine (http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=146F7:7B5CC) and Microsoft (http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=146FF:7B5CC). Many of these webcasts are recorded versions of sessions presented at TechEd and other top conferences.
The SQL Server Launch tour will touch cities all over the world. But if you’re interested in SQL Server 2005 today and you live in
I hope to get to meet some of you while I’m out on the road this year. Please don’t be shy – introduce yourself!