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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)

Friday is Training Day but …

… Friday night is party night.

Come to the conference venue and register for the SQL Saturday and then spend the rest of the evening with other delegates, speakers and sponsors. We have some great activities lined up for the night and we are offering some prizes for those who join in with our beach / surf style evening. Have you got a loud Hawaiian shirt or maybe board shorts and flip-flops are in your wardrobe just waiting for Summer? Wear them on the Friday night and help us set the tone for a fun and relaxed evening with some great people.

SaltrockTshirtsI mentioned prizes and the local surf clothing company Saltrock (www.saltrock.com | @saltrocksurf) have come up with some of their excellent quality and supremely comfortable T-shirts for us to give away as prizes. Many thanks to them for this but don’t worry if you are not one our lucky winners, they have a store in Exeter within 5 minutes walk of the conference venue. It’s about 4 doors away from the Apple store but ask us for directions if you want to call in there.

We will be announcing some of the plans for the evening as we get closer to the event, be sure you are subscribed to this site and following our twitter account: @SQLSatExeter.

If your name isn’t on the list, you aren’t coming in.

If you are attending a training day session then you wont need to re-register but please do bring your name badge so we can make sure that we let you in!

If you are bringing a partner to Exeter then you are welcome to bring them along to enjoy the party evening with us. If this is the case please email us us with advice of their name so that we can have a name badge made up ready for them.

We are all looking forward to seeing you there on the 21st!