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SQLTeach/DevTeach Vancouver Stimulus Package

SQLTeach/DevTeach Vancouver 2009 - Stimulus Package

SQLTeach/DevTeach Vancouver 2009 - Stimulus Package

SQLTeach/DevTeach is offering a “stimulus package” – register for 2 attendees to the SQLTeach/DevTeach Vancouver conference on June 8-12, 2009

Excerpt from DevTeach site:

In difficult times the best thing you can do is to upgrade your skills. This is why DevTeach came up with the idea of an Education stimulus package. You can get a free registration when your company or group registers two attendees at our main event. So register 2 attendees and get one free! This promotion is applicable on the early bird price and will run until June 8th. You can take advantage of this deal even if you are using a rebate code. If you compare our price with any similar event in the USA you will find that our price is significantly lower. For you guys coming from the US it’s even a better deal because of the exchange rate

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In case you haven’t come across this yet. The OUTPUT clause allows you to display or manipulate rows affected by INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE, similar to the inserted and deleted virtual tables in a DML trigger.

   1:  
   2: CREATE TABLE t (id INT)
   3: GO
   4:  
   5: INSERT INTO t VALUES(1)
   6: INSERT INTO t VALUES(2)
   7: INSERT INTO t VALUES(3)
   8: INSERT INTO t VALUES(4)
   9: GO
  10:  
  11: -- this displays what was deleted
  12: DELETE t
  13:        OUTPUT deleted.id AS 'deleted';
  14:  
  15: -- this displays what is inserted
  16: INSERT INTO t
  17:     OUTPUT inserted.id AS 'inserted'
  18: VALUES(1)

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SQL Server in the Cloud is coming?

Brent Ozar posted in his blog: Real SQL Server in the Cloud is Coming Fast. Sounds exciting, and scary. Definitely feels like we are fast forwarding into the future.

I think it’s still going to be a slow process. Not everyone will switch over, and we have to get over a huge "trust issue". I still have clients who are working on SQL Server 2000 boxes, and using Windows XP for desktop use. Some clients refuse to upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008, unless they see a lot of "evidence" that SQL Server 2008 is reliable as a rock (or something like that).

The adoption process needs not just the technological backbone – robust architecture, reliable services, no downtime. For SQL Server in the Cloud to be accepted (just like anything else), the way we think about data and infrastructure needs to change too. At this point, many business still feel "safer" when their data sits on their local boxes or on boxes within their own networks. In addition, SQL in the cloud needs to be secure enough to meet legal trictions and regulatory compliance procedures.

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