12/22/2011

SQL Community

SQL Saturday #62 - January 2011 - Tampa -

Pre-con B: End-to-End Business Intelligence
Presenter: Stacia Misner

Although I've programmed in SQL Server for close to a decade, this was the first opportunity to get introduced to the SQL community.

Attending that free conference, I was introduced to many SQL people from around the country. 

Attending Stacia Misner's pre conference, I learned how much there is to learn in the Microsoft BI stack. 

I starting attending the Tampa Bay SQL Server BI User Group.

And have been to the SQL-Saturday in Orlando and again in Tampa since.

The people in the SQL community are really awesome.

They are on Twitter, LinkedIn and there always seems to be a free webinar going on.

The community really opens themselves up and takes pride in dispersing information on a regular basis.

The amount of literature on the web and demos and tutorials and blogs is quite incredible.

I've programmed in Crystal Reports since 1996 and let me tell you, at that time there basically was zero information on getting started.  I had to learn from scratch with no community.

Then onto VB, .net, Java, Oracle and now back to Microsoft BI full time.

I'd say the community has helped me to become a better programmer, to advance my skill set and increase my career opportunities.

It's nothing like I've ever seen.  Smart people willing to share what they know.

I'm glad I found the SQL Community.

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