I’m in Nashville for the second DevLink conference with about 400 others. This multi-technology conference has a fun code-camp feel, with the fixings of the full conference and a few special touches that set it apart from the big conferences – things like hand-written thank you notes for the speakers, and Rik Roberts - an hilarious comedian Friday night.
This morning I presented Smart Database Design to about 70 people with some good interaction. Tomorrow morning I’m presenting Nordic – the O/R dbms build entirely with T-SQL. Louis Davidson is here speaking on normalization and optimization and Joe Webb gave a session on English Query (or was it Notification Services? I keep confusing the two). One thing I’ve noticed about the database track here is that many speakers are talking about database design and good architecture, and there’s not much about DBA admin tasks – which pleases me and seems to be well accepted by the attendees as well.