The first day at PASS is always exciting. Starting with the keynote address by Ted Kummert and ending with the vendor exposition, it's great to see people again that you only get to see once or twice a year. Kummert's address mentioned the data explosion, and the focus of SQL Server 2008 on bringing all of your data into the database. There were some interesting demos and I look forward to actually getting my hands on the bits that do the amazing things they showed, like Intellisense in the query editor, the resource governor and managing servers through policies.
Instead of attending the morning session I worked on last minute preparation for my presentation. I added a section on Powershell to last year's presentation, and wanted to make sure I had the kinks worked out in the presentation, so it was time well spent. The presentation went well, it lasted exactly an hour, and I had time for some really good questions. What was really great was that the room was full - all the seats were taken and there were people standing in the back. I really appreciate people's interest in the topic.
I attended a session on Performance Monitoring in Management Studio in SQL Server 2008 at the end of the day, given by Bill Ramos, of Microsoft. It's still a work-in-progress, but I see some really good potential for companies who don't want to spend enterprise dollars for basic performance monitoring tools.
At the vendor exhibition I mostly caught up with friends and met some of my fellow MVP's face to face. The MVP's are an amazing group of people and it's fun to sit around and share stories. I also got to meet András Belokosztolszki, from Red Gate Software. András wrote SQL Refactor, which I use almost every day, and when we were introduced he told me he was hoping to meet me! Wow.
Tony Davis, of the Simple Talk newsletter, and I share a passion for beer, so we capped the night with a visit to a tavern in the Brown Hotel where I had a draft of Denver Pale Ale (very hoppy, and quite nice), then over to the Wynkoop brewery where I had a couple pints of their Railroad Yard Ale (a bit sweet, kind of like an Oktoberfest with a slightly less nutty flavor). This was a great way to end the day, and I'm looking forward to some great sessions on Thursday.