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Live From DevLINK in Nashville, TN

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.

Published Friday, October 12, 2007 8:53 PM by Paul Nielsen
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Mark Fugel said:


Just wanted to thank you for the 2 presentations you gave during the devLink conference in Nashville this past weekend.

I had actually bought your Sql Server Bible 2005 book the weekend before and did not realize you were the author until your first presentation started. I was pleasantly surprised since I choose your book after reviewing 25 others for hours at the local bookstores!! It was great getting you to sign it too!!

Thanks again for two excellent talks and for taking the time during the conference to offer your knowledge and expertise!!


Mark Fugel

Alpharetta, GA

October 14, 2007 4:13 PM

John Lowery said:


I caught your Smart DB Design talk at devLink in Nashville.  Your material was great, and now I'm trying to share the knowledge with my colleagues.  Is it possible to get a copy of your slides from the conference?  I didn't find them on the conference CD or on your website.  

Thanks for sharing your expertise at the conference.

John Lowery

Knoxville, TN

October 23, 2007 8:48 AM
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About Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.

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