PASS Summit 2009

My abstract for PASS Summit 2009 was accepted! Woot! You may not be able to see it from where you’re sitting, but I’m doing the happy dance. :)

In case you missed my original post on my abstract submission, here’s what I’ll be presenting on:

Super Bowl, Super Load – A Look at Performance Tuning for VLDB’s

Few DBA’s have the opportunity to experience a real-life load test in their production environment. Michelle Ufford works for GoDaddy.com, a company that has experienced phenomenal success with its Super Bowl ads. These ads are designed to drive traffic to the company’s websites, which puts the database servers under high load. In her presentation, Michelle will explore the performance tuning techniques that have resulted in an 80% reduction in server response times and allowed her VLDB’s to reach rates of 27k transactions per second. Topics will include vertical and horizontal partitioning, bulk operations, table design, and indexing.

Do you read my blog? Do I read yours? Do we exchange weird messages on Twitter? Do you have free cookies? If you’re going to to the PASS Summit and answered “yes” to any of these questions, then I want to meet you! Make sure to say “hi” to me in Seattle. :)

East Iowa SQL Saturday – Call for Speakers!

The Call for Speakers is now open for the East Iowa SQL Saturday! This is our first time hosting a SQL Saturday, and there’s a lot of excitement and interest from our local SQL Server folks. There’s some interest from local speakers, but we’ll probably also need to pull in speakers from outside of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City to support the number of tracks and attendees we plan to have.

The event will be held on October 10th, 2009 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Special thanks to Russ Allen for his help with securing a location for us!

For those who are not in the immediate area but would be willing to travel, here’s some general travel times from major cities in the area:

  • Chicago – 3.5 hours
  • Omaha – 3.5 hours
  • Milwaukee – 4 hours
  • Kansas City – 4.5 hours
  • Minneapolis – 5 hours
  • St. Louis – 5 hours
  • Indianapolis – 6 hours
  • Columbus, OH – 9 hours (hint, hint, Jeremiah!)

So if you’re in the general area, please, PLEASE consider speaking at our SQL Saturday. Pretty please with sugar on top. :)

You can find out a little more information and submit sessions at our SQL Saturday website.

Webcast Tomorrow!

I’m excited to be doing a webcast tomorrow with the infamous illustrious Brent Ozar for Quest’s Pain-of-the-Week. The title is “Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio,” and as you’ve probably gathered, it’s pretty entry-level stuff. If you read my blog, then chances are you don’t need to watch this webcast. But if you know anyone who’s trying to learn SQL Server or is trying to make the upgrade from 2000 to 2005/2008, this may be a good webcast for them.

I’ve also got a few other speaking engagements coming up:

June 2nd: Cedar Valley .NET User Group
I’ll be reprising my Iowa Code Camp presentation on “SQL Server for the .NET Developer” for CVINETA. This presentation focuses on what you need to know about good table design, indexing strategies, and fragmentation… you know, what you wish every .NET developer knew about SQL Server. :)

June 11th: PoTW: Time-Saving SQL Server Management Studio Tips & Tricks
I’ll also be doing this webcast with @BrentO as a follow-up to our webcast tomorrow. It will focus on how to save time and improve your sanity by using some neat little tricks in SSMS 2008.

Iowa Code Camp Resources

Thanks to everyone who attended my session on “SQL Server for the .NET Developer” at yesterday’s Iowa Code Camp! I hope you found the session informative. Here’s the materials from the presentation:

Special thanks to @underwhelmed and @peschkaj for traveling to attend the Iowa Code Camp! :)

Open Giving

During the Iowa Code Camp, I had a chance to get involved with the Open Giving project. From the CodePlex, here’s a brief overview:

An effort to create a complete registration system to create events and for volunteers to register for those events. Helps make it easier for organizations to enable people to give back to their communities.

Basically, it’s an open source software project to create a *free* event management system for volunteer organizations. This is a really great cause and I’m glad I’ve had a chance to help. If you’re interested in helping, please leave me a message and I’ll put you in touch with the appropriate folks.

Iowa Code Camp – Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the Iowa Code Camp is tomorrow! The camp is being held at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and starts at 8am. There’s a lot of great sessions, and attendance is free! You can find more details on their website at http://iowacodecamp.com.

I’ll be presenting on “SQL Server for the .NET Developer.” I’ll be covering the basics of SQL Server, such as good table design, indexing strategies, and efficient queries.

The esteemed Jeremiah Peschka (@peschkaj) will be giving his presentation on “A Dynamic World Demands Dynamic SQL.” If you missed his AppDev SIG presentation, here’s your chance (and mine!) to see what you missed.

If you come to the Code Camp, make sure to stop by and say hi to me! :)

380PASS – Another Successful Meeting!

Our 2nd 380PASS meeting was another success, by all accounts. We had 31 attendees! This is twice what registered and remains on par with our first meeting. The meeting was held in one of the very nice, state-of-the-art conference rooms at the University of Iowa. We began the meeting with a new feature, quick and easy SQL tips. I gave the first tip, which was how SSMS 2008 will display missing indexes. Afterwards, Zakir Durumeric from the Research Information Systems (RIS) team at the University spoke on database mirroring. Zakir gave an excellent overview of high availability options, the pros and cons of various methods, and some of the obstacles and solutions he’s faced in his environment. The materials for last night’s meeting will be uploaded to http://380pass.org later today.

Following Zakir’s presentation, Russ Allen shared some powerful and time-saving tips on how to use Central Management Servers to manage multi-server environments. The meeting ended with an interesting and informative discussion on Red Gate’s software. The conversation primarily revolved around SQL Compare, SQL Data Compare, and SQL Prompt, and the positive impact those applications have had on our lives.

We’re pleased to announce SQL Server MVP Hilary Cotter as the guest speaker for our May meeting. Hilary will be presenting remotely on performance tuning topics. More details to follow as we finalize them.

Thank you for all who attended and have helped make our new chapter such a success!

PASS Summit – My Abstract, Deadline Extended!

PASS has extended the deadline for abstract submissions to Friday, 24 April at midnight.
If you’re even thinking about submitting an abstract, just do it.

In related news, yesterday I received the green light from GD legal to submit my abstract. This is my first-ever abstract for PASS, and I’m pretty excited about the topic. After some technical difficulties that resulted in SQL statements being displayed in the error message on-screen (tsk tsk), I finally submitted and received my confirmation number. Here’s an overview, just in case you plan to speak on the same topic…

Super Bowl, Super Load – A Look at Performance Tuning for VLDB’s

Few DBA’s have the opportunity to experience a real-life load test in their production environment. Michelle Ufford works for GoDaddy.com, a company that has experienced phenomenal success with its Super Bowl ads. These ads are designed to drive traffic to the company’s websites, which puts the database servers under high load. In her presentation, Michelle will explore the performance tuning techniques that have resulted in an 80% reduction in server response times and allowed her VLDB’s to reach rates of 27k transactions per second. Topics will include vertical and horizontal partitioning, bulk operations, table design, and indexing.

Source: http://sqlfool.com/2009/04/pass-summit-my-abstract-deadline-extended

Iowa Code Camp – Call for Speakers

This is a little late, but I want to mention that the Iowa Code Camp has put out a call for speakers. I’ve spoken with Greg, and he told me they’re still looking for 2 or 3 more SQL-related sessions. If you have a topic you’d like to speak on, please send him an e-mail!

I’ll also be speaking at this year’s Code Camp on May 2nd. Here’s a brief overview of my planned topic:

SQL Server for the .NET Developer
Most .NET developers will inevitably work with SQL Server in some form or another. Many will even be asked to create tables and stored procedures to support their applications. This session will focus on what every .NET developer should understand about SQL Server. We’ll cover the basics, such as good table design and efficient queries, and we’ll touch on some indexing concepts, too. Then we’ll wrap up with some strategies for developing high volume SQL Server applications.

Lately I’ve been trying to work on my speaking skills. So if you’re within a 4-5 hour radius of east Iowa (Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, etc.) and would like me to come speak at your next SQL event, please send me an e-mail at michelle @ sqlfool dot com. :)

Index Fragmentation PotW Webcast – Now Available

The Pain-of-the-Week webcast I did last Thursday is now online! You can find it here: http://www.quest.com/common/registration.aspx?requestdefid=23092.

The topic of the webcast is index fragmentation: what is it, how to identify it, and how to fix it. You can find the materials for this webcast in my previous blog post. I’ll also be updating SQLServerPedia with the materials, hopefully tonight.

Thanks to the great feedback I’ve received, I’ll be doing another Pain-of-the-Week webcast, this time with Brent Ozar. More info to follow as we hammer out the specifics.

In a related note, I have updated my index defrag script. I’m just waiting for my awesome beta testers to let me know everything works for them. It works just fine on my servers (lol) but I don’t have access to any Standard editions, etc., so I just want to be extra sure before I unleash it on the SQL world. I should have it online tomorrow.

Source: http://sqlfool.com/2009/03/index-fragmentation-potw-webcast/