PASSMN’s SQLSaturday #682 on October 7th, 2017 has been published!
There are a relatively short 5 weeks for speaker submissions, which will close on July 23rd. So don’t delay! We plan on announcing selected speakers August 4th. As a reminder, the event is on October 7th.
We are looking for some unique contributions from the speaker community. In addition to 60-minute standard sessions, we’re hoping to offer one or more panel discussions, lightning talks for new speakers, and guided conversation over lunch. We also hope to host pre-cons on Friday, October 6th. Continue reading
By Riley Major, 2017-05-05
MinneWebCon is an asset to our tech community and I had the pleasure of attending for a third time this past Monday. Continue reading
TechPulse took over the second floor of the Saint Paul RiverCenter last Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. The theme was “A Mature Look at the Cloud” but more apt would have been “Security. No, Really. Security”.
For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, Koen Verbeeck asks us to write about how changes in technology affect our careers, especially with respect to cloud-based services eliminating the need for in-house DBAs. Continue reading
The Pyle Center on the UW Madison Campus at the end of SQL Saturday #604.
Salty and squeaky make a good curd. Informative sessions and engaging conversations make a good conference. SQL Saturday #604 in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend had plenty of both. I’m happy to have contributed with my session, “XML vs JSON – Battle Royale”. Continue reading
by Riley Major on 2017-03-28
Jenessa White leads a conversation on junior developers at Minnebar 12, 2017-03-25.
Technology has a problem, and we need to do something about it. To be fair, it’s a problem with society, but it’s worse in tech.
Despite our lip service, we do not celebrate and encourage diversity with our actions. Worse, we actively drive women and people of color out of our communities. Continue reading
Last November, PASSMN (the Twin Cities, Minnesota local group of the global Microsoft Data Platform community PASS) held its annual board member elections. Or rather, that was the plan. Continue reading
Yesterday Adam Machanic called for new #tsql2sday hosts. I applaud his continued efforts organizing this monthly blog party. It inspires new bloggers, gently guilts those who have lapsed, and provides a topic and schedule for the uncertain. But it routinely surprised me that there was no canonical list of past events with a link to the current topic. Continue reading
“When are we going to see you up there?” Mark Vaillancourt had just finished presenting DANGER: The Art and Science of Presenting at SQL Saturday #238. He and Mike Donnelly had put the question to me as they were packing up. I demurred; surely that was best left to experts like them. They persisted, noting how I was always at our user group meetings and how a novice viewpoint was often more helpful for beginners. Being an audience member was one thing, I protested, and speaking was quite another. They kept on the offensive but I managed to slink away without any firm commitments. Nonetheless, they’d struck a chord. Continue reading
After the dust has settled from our national brouhaha, the PASSMN SQL Server community will hold elections for 3 of its 6 board positions. Paul Timmerman (Board Chair), Jim Dorame (Director of Program Development), and Riley Major (Director of Technology) are ending their 2-year terms. Cecil Spivey (Director of Membership / Treasurer), Eric Zierdt (Director of Corporate Development), and Jim Horn (Director of SQL Saturday) will stay on to finish the second year of their terms. Continue reading