Saturday, September 13, 2014

BBQ and Continuous Integration

Another weekend, another trip. This is the busy time of year for me, with lots of events bunched up. This time I've got a long week. I flew to Kansas City yesterday for SQL Saturday #300 and am going home early tomorrow. That's good as I only have  couple of days at home before I leave Tuesday for Las Vegas.

That's a short trip as well, coming home Thursday after 2 talks delivered there. Then a couple more days off, before I need to deliver two talks next Saturday in Denver at SQL Saturday #331. That's 5 talks in a week, though it's 4 different topics, so I'm trying to keep things straight. Someone asked me yesterday what I was talking about today and I wasn't sure. I'd practiced a couple of talks this past week, but I wasn't sure which of the two was today.

It was Continuous Integration for Databases, which went over really well. This was a 75 minute session, which seems to be rarer and rarer. I like the extra time as I can talk through concepts and show demos a little slower. The hour long sessions are tough.

Today everything went well. A nice change from my talk in England in July, where the VM and flow blew up. I struggled and it never showcased well. In this case, my demos all went smoothly, thanks to a few changes I learned needed to be made. I got up early, and after some elliptical time, I cleaned up the demos to get ready. Overall, one of my best deliveries.

This is a neat event. Hard to believe it's been 4 years since I was here, but back in this old riverside casino that a company turned into a training center is fun. Lots of people from the KC area, all nice, and all happy to have training as few events come through here. I also have a lot of friends that come here for the BBQ, which I sampled yesterday and today, and really enjoyed.

Now a little time meeting people at the after party before a quiet dinner, a good night's sleep, and an early flight home.

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