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.



(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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