This past Saturday, I attended Central Ohio Day of .NET. I spent a lot of the time running around, but despite missing a couple sessions, I really enjoyed the event.

A Friendly Game of Tag

Jeff Blankenburg had the fun idea of a Microsoft Tag scavenger hunt at Central Ohio Day of .NET, and he recruited me to help out with this event. Saturday morning, I had the stack of tags and surveyed the conference center for good spots to put the tags. Jeff and I had talked the night before about some potential spots, and that gave me ideas to run with. While he wrote up the hints, I was getting them in place. Special thanks to the guy who placed the tags in the Open Spaces room and on the open spaces board.

We had quite a few participants, and the scavenger hunt was done by about 11am, when Alex Moore came by and told Jeff the winning phrase – in a Ballmeresque way, he had to say “Developers! Developers! Developers!”. There was great timing all around – Jeff and I were talking with some of the guys in the hall, including Andy Erickson, when we saw Alex and Steve Wallace heading towards the last stage. Andy put together last year’s video recap and caught Alex’s message – so let’s hope he uses it in this year’s recap!

We plan on doing a more challenging Tag scavenger hunt at another event later this summer, so keep an eye out for the Tags!

Intro to the New Data Types in SQL 2008

My SQL 2008 data types talk has made its second appearance at a Day of .NET. Some of the things that were covered included:

  • Using date and time as separate fields, with the music collection example.
  • Offsets are not time zones.
  • FILESTREAMs extend SQL 2008 into the NTFS file system, related relational data to files.

My slide deck is available here.

TDD in T-SQL

This was the only other presentation that I sat through in its entirety. I had been hearing about TDD for quite awhile and had seen it in Python, Ruby, and Java. So it was about time that I saw TDD with a language that I use in my day job.

Phil Japikse presented on why to use TDD in general and then showed us what it took to do TDD with T-SQL. He used the T-SQL Test Tool, available through CodePlex. This tool works on SQL 2005 and higher.

I look forward to downloading it and testing it here at home to get a feel for TDD in T-SQL.

Thanks to…

This event was made possible by a lot of people, so I wanted to take the time to thank them here.

Sponsors

Without the sponsors, this event could not have been free to the attendees. Sponsors are the ones who provide the swag and financial support to cover costs like the venue, badges, programs, and any other incidentals. This year’s sponsors were Microsoft, MAX Technical Training, DevExpress, Redgate, CBTS, Triune Group and SDS.

Speakers

The speakers bring the content to the event, sharing their interest on topics that you may be able to apply in the workplace. We had speakers from as far as Michigan and Tennessee. Thanks to all the speakers who came out and shared their passion for technology with the community.

Attendees

Without the attendees, the event wouldn’t have a reason to happen. But we know there are people out there who want to learn more on .NET and who want to add to their technical toolbox. People traveled from all over for the event – it was amazing to see almost 200 people together for this event. If you attended, I hope you at least learned something new and were able to take home some nuggets of knowledge that you could put to work.

Organizers and Volunteers

And last but not least, I’d like to thank the organizers – Mike Wood, Jim Holmes, Carey Payette, Justin Kohnen, Bob Sledge, Matt Rigling and Chris Barth – and their crew of volunteers. Putting a successful event together takes just the right team, and this group had a successful team that kept the event running smoothly. Thanks for putting so much time and effort into bringing this event to the community!

I really enjoyed this year’s event, and I look forward to some of the other Days of .NET that are yet to come.