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Had an amazing time at SQL Saturday in Redmond!

If you have never been to a SQL Saturday event, I highly suggest that you do! You can find an upcoming event here: http://sqlsaturday.com/ and https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23sqlsat108

As stated earlier in one of my posts (http://www.smattie.com/my-small-attempt-to-give-back-to-the-it-community/) this community is really one of the bright spots in the IT field. I was so happy to meet and talk with a lot of people I was following through books and blogs. I also want to stress, that if you are not on Twitter, you are really missing out on reaching out to these great people, plus the #SQLHelp aspect.

I also ended up meeting some great people and wanted to mention them for others who may not be aware of them:

Buck Woody (Key Note Speaker)
http://buckwoody.com/
* Check out his resume… I was very impressed!

Kevin Kline from Quest software (I thought I knew hardware until I heard him talk)
http://kevinekline.com/ (Especially if you add his slides: http://kevinekline.com/slides)

Robert Davis (Awesome knowledge on SQL Database engine)
http://www.sqlsoldier.com/wp/

Aaron Nelson (SQL PowerShell enthusiast)
http://sqlvariant.com/

Argenis Fernandez (Mentioned him before, but check out this article)
http://sqlblog.com/blogs/argenis_fernandez/archive/2012/01/12/leveraging-service-sids-to-logon-to-sql-server-2012-instances-with-sysadmin-privileges.aspx

There were 2 things that I take away from this great day. One it was amazing to see how great this SQL community is in person and two, it is so nice to meet others who can be a bar raiser for your technical skills. I see a got some areas to improve in, but I also have some people I can reach out to for help. So, please join your local SQL PASS user group: http://www.sqlpass.org/

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