Throughout the second half of this year, Microsoft are hosting three free events on the popular topics of Application Lifestyle Management & DevOps with Visual Studio. These are full day events, and yes to answer the most important question snacks and lunch is free!
It’s not entirely clear if the event is going to include Visual Studio Team Services, however there is the promise of showing off new features. So presumably another update for Visual Studio 2015 is coming soon, or new features are going to be added to VSTS. But the main gist of the day is the end-to-end application lifecycle with Microsoft tooling, taking an application from requirements, development to automated release and testing
Full info on these days are here.
Hello! And Happy New Year!
I’ve spent much of the past month off work looking after my daughter whilst my wife is at work. It seems that while this time of year is quiet for me at the office, in the NHS its the busiest period of the year. So it has been great to spend time with Phoebe at home, which has resembled a building site since the end of October. Indeed, as I work from home I have had to move the computer from into 5 different times whilst work was completed. During that time I’ve learnt more things about plumbing than I’ve ever wanted to know, and surprised myself when I kept a remarkably cool head when I noticed water leaking out the ceiling (from the room I had just removed the radiator from successfully (I thought) and whose pipes I had capped) into our living room. And here is some advice which is as unrelated to technology as you’ll ever read on this site, but invaluable nonetheless: try not to reuse caps to cap off radiator pipes, as you have to turn them so tight they tend to break up when you try to use them again. Which is exactly what I had done. I thought they were screwed on well enough until I turned the heating on and water got flowing around the system, which was when the water started to leak out of the busted cap. Fortunately for me no damage was done and I was able to drain the entire heating system, which unfortunately coincided with us living without heating during the coldest days of 2014, until the plastering was done. It’s all part of us paying our dues until the house is done. Currently we are without a shower/bath, though mercifully we are not far away from friends who are kind enough to let us use their bathroom. Continue reading “New Year Musings”
SQL Relay 2014 resumes in the UK next week. SQL Relay is a series of 1 day events that are run throughout the UK. Continue reading “UK SQL Relay 2014 Resumes Next Week”
October this year is shaping up to be a month of learning, especially for those of us who live in London. Because not only is SQL Relay taking place on the 30th, there’s also RedGate’s SQL In The City happening a week earlier on the 24th. Continue reading “SQL In Literally The City”
Throughout October, SQL Relay 2014 is taking place in the UK. If you’re unfamiliar with SQL Relay, it is a series of 1 day events that are run throughout the UK. Each event is a single track (or more in the case of London) conference, with between 50 and 200 attendees and 6-8 hour long talks by SQL Server professionals, MVPs, authors, technical experts etc.
Continue reading “UK SQL Relay 2014 Plus Travel Info for London and Southampton”
To paraphrase a saying; learning is priceless, but education must be cheap. And if you’re like me then your training budget is usually whatever you find down the back of the couch!
Continue reading “Free Books and Training Kits”
As my more regular readers will know, I am working towards my MCSA SQL Server 2012. So I was pretty pleased to see this tweet the other day.
I signed up and booked my exam for March 28th. I’ve booked the “Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases”. This is my day job after all!
A few caveats with the voucher:
- This voucher is valid for 20% off any MCSA: SQL Server 2012 exam: 461, or 462, or 463, plus a free retake of the exam if you need it. You will receive an email shortly with the above voucher number and the information below.
- This voucher expires on May 31st, 2014. All exams, including retake exams (or Second Shot), must be taken by May 31st, 2014.
Wish me luck! And if anyone is going to sign up: good luck! Let me know how it goes.
Yesterday evening there was a very special SQL Supper hosted at the Microsoft offices in London Victoria. It was an open session with some of the Microsoft Data Platform group, Mark Souza, Nigel Ellis, Conor Cunningham, Hatay Tuna and Ewan Fairweather. So I made my way by foot from the offices here in Covent Garden to London Victoria. Although February in London is rather chilly, with a brisk walk you can make it in half an hour, plus you pass several landmarks such as the piazza at Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square (and it’s controversial 4th plinth sculpture, the Blue Hahn Cock) the Mall, Buckingham Palace and finally, Westminster Cathedral.
Continue reading “SQL Supper Notes”
Wow, a new years resolution I’m following through with! This year I’ve already passed 2 Microsoft Exams. The first exam was “Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012”, and some of the skills I learnt from studying for this exam has helped me write better scripts, 1 of which was posted yesterday. So I’m 1/3 of the way towards achieving the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) SQL Server Solutions Associate certification.
The second exam I passed is the “Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management”, which (along with the testing and TFS exams) is necessary for achieving the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer Certification. Continue reading “Microsoft Exams: 2 down 2 To Go”