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Adam Machanic, Boston-based SQL Server developer, shares his experiences with programming, monitoring, and performance tuning SQL Server. And the occasional battle with the query optimizer.

Review of VSLive, New York

Last week I promised to blog from VSLive in New York... And I completely dropped the ball. So, a quick post-event review:

After getting in on Monday afternoon, I attended an interesting session by Richard Hale Shaw on designing reusable managed code libraries. It was a good talk, primarily focused on how the Framework designers set things up, and what lessons third-party designers should take home from looking at what they did.

After Richard's talk, I retired to the speaker ready room to finish up some last-minute demo changes for my talk on Tuesday. A bit later, the NYC .NET Developers Group had an on-site meeting, featuring Rocky Lhotka and Steve Lasker from MS. This was a really excellent session, with a lot of very interesting insights into the impact of WCF and remoting on SOAs. I really enjoyd this session--great job, Steve and Rocky!

After the user group meeting, Andrew Brust, the VSLive track lead, took some of us to a Brooklyn pizza place called Grimaldi's.  Awesome pizza!  Highly recommended spot.

I spent Tuesday morning brushing up on a couple of the finer points of my talk, and gave it on Tuesday afternoon.  The talk went well, with no demo issues (I triple-checked them before the talk, which I will do from now on), and some great questions from the audience, especially on the topic of SqlCacheDependency. I will definitely pump up that section of the talk a bit more before doing it at PASS later this year; it's a really cool feature, and one that users are clearly very interested in.

After my talk I sat through half of Andrew Brust's intro to SQLCLR talk before I was forced to run out of the building and catch a cab to get on a train back to Boston.  All in all, a great trip to New York, and an enjoyable conference experience.

Published Sunday, September 17, 2006 5:02 PM by Adam Machanic
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About Adam Machanic

Adam Machanic is a Boston-based SQL Server developer, writer, and speaker. He focuses on large-scale data warehouse performance and development, and is author of the award-winning SQL Server monitoring stored procedure, sp_WhoIsActive. Adam has written for numerous web sites and magazines, including SQLblog, Simple Talk, Search SQL Server, SQL Server Professional, CoDe, and VSJ. He has also contributed to several books on SQL Server, including "SQL Server 2008 Internals" (Microsoft Press, 2009) and "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development" (Apress, 2007). Adam regularly speaks at conferences and training events on a variety of SQL Server topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and an alumnus of the INETA North American Speakers Bureau.

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