Three weeks from now I'll be visiting Chicago to participate in SQL Saturday. I'll offer two different learning opportunities:
On Friday, April 25, you can join me for a full day seminar on parallelism and performance in SQL Server. This class covers in-depth background on the hows and whys behind SQL Server's parallel processing, followed by an investigation of advanced techniques that you can use to improve performance of some queries by an order of magnitude or more. The class is filling up, so make sure to register soon!
On Saturday, April 26, I'll deliver my newest talk, "Clash of the Row Goals." I unveiled it the first time this past weekend at SQL Saturday Boston, and Joe Chang happened to blog about it a few hours ago. In this talk you'll learn how to shape and modify query plans by leveraging an understanding of query optimizer internals -- without using query hints. I've decided to call this technique planscaping. The idea is to create beautiful query plans that perform well and don't break at unexpected times. That's a good thing, right?
Hope to see you in Chicago!