Monthly Archives: March 2014

SQL Saturday Exeter 2014 – over for another year

Thanks to all those who came to SQL Saturday Exeter on Friday and Saturday, we really hope you enjoyed your time with us and learned a lot.

If you didn’t make it along, here’s some of what you missed:

Friday was a pre-con training day, with 8 all day sessions each giving in-depth knowledge on a specific area of SQL Server. Emil Glownia started the review ball rolling, with this post on Friday following the pre-con training day.

The Friday night party was Surf themed, and many entered into the spirit of things. We had a surfing simulator going, and fierce competition ensued for top position.

 

The following morning, SQL Saturday itself started in earnest. We had a great turnout, and many full sessions.  For some speakers the demo gods were kind, for others, not so – an ever present reminder that typing in a demo can be dangerous!

Sometimes though, it was necessary to resort to the somewhat older technology of the flipchart!

(We ask speakers to upload session materials to our schedule page, or their own blog – which should be linked to from the schedule page – and tweet about them #SQLSatExeter)

 

It’s great to see speakers learning from their experiences at the event too – for example James Skipwith has written a blog post on what he’s learnt

For some, all this learning wasn’t enough, and so a party of 40 select people (well, O.K., the first 40 to put their names down after the shout went out) headed off for a curry!

Throughout the event there was great conversation from the SQL Community on twitter, using the hashtag  #SQLSatExeter

Some who attended have already shared their thoughts on the event – here’s a blog from Al Eardley.

Thanks to everyone for making the event what it was; we really couldn’t have done it without you – whether you were sponsoring, speaking, attending or just spreading the word.

 

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

The SQL Saturday Exeter #269 Committee.

Committee

 

(with apologies to @thomasrushton who missed out on being in this photo as he was doing something far more sensible at the time)

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Recent flooding and travel to SQL Saturday Exeter

We would like to give those of you travelling to SQL Saturday by train some advice about what to expect but sadly we have been unable to get consistent information from the train companies or National Rail. It would appear that there are changes to the timetables to a lesser or greater extent and the best recommendation is to contact the local station where you are starting your journey in order get confirmation of the departure time of your train (there are changes taking place at short notice) and what the whole journey might entail.

Tues 18th:
First Great Western were reporting no problems for trains from London (Waterloo and Paddington) and Cross Rail were reporting changed departure times and some slow running on trains running to Exeter through Bristol.

Trains travelling to Exeter from the West are replaced by buses due to the damage to the line at Dawlish.

National Rail are giving a more pessimistic view of the travel experience but nothing absolute when pressed for detail.

Again, the best course of action is to confirm your journey details close to your time of travel but please do it with the fact in mind that Cross Rail have actually brought departure times forward in some cases.

We wish you safe travels and are ready with a warm welcome when you get to Jurys Inn Exeter.