Will you be there? I will be, in case you haven't read my blog before. And you should be too. PASS is not only fun (nice parties, gatherings, and lots of nice people everywhere) but educational. For the price you pay, you will learn something, no matter how smart you are.
I am speaking on the first day at 9:45, just after the keynote, and likely before any snacks arrive, so come on by. My session is titled Why Normalize? (AD-300), and here is the Abstract:
SQL data is generally very natural to work with, especially when the database has been organized as close as possible to the standards of normalization that have proven for many years. The common pitfalls that arise from the lack of properly designed structures are obvious and generally are things that you find yourself struggling with time and again (i.e.using the SUBSTRING function in a WHERE clause). Find out how some of these common issues can be avoided by applying basic normalization techniques that will make it easier to work with data in simple SQL statements rather than with functional programming and cursors.
I will be uploading the final slides, minus a few tids and bits, later today (and I will post them here too, just after the presentation) so what are you waiting for, click the following image and get a move on...
Of course this does mean that for the next two weeks I will be extra busy prepping for my presentation (I need lots and lots of practice as I have the commanding presence of a shy chipmunk with a speech impediment), but I will be back that week with pictures, discussion, session reviews, and well, whatever else I can come up with. Hopefully I will learn something to share too :)