I was extremely fortunate to be able to present at the PASS Summit this year. It was an amazing and energizing time, despite getting about 15 hours of sleep the entire week. Much like last year, here are some of my thoughts and highlights in no particular order:
Pusateri Christmas Summit (circa 2000)
I love community. Really, I do. I’ve always loved getting people together to have a great time, whatever we happened to be doing. Back in high school my brother and I would have a huge Christmas party every year and invite all our friends. We’d also be sure to cram everyone into a photo – quite the challenge in my parents’ small basement. I don’t think PASS Summit is all that different. It’s a giant group getting together to share our knowledge with others and have a great time while we’re at it. Sure it’s a little bigger and a single photo of everyone isn’t possible, but the motivation is the same. To me what makes PASS events like the Summit special is the way we all revel in community. It’s the little things like the Community Zone, an area loaded with beanbag chairs and power outlets so people can hang out, charge their gadgets, get help with a technical problem, or just get to know each other. The sessions are important and valuable, but even moreso is the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. If I need to skip a session or two to do that, I don’t feel the least bit guilty.
Chillin’ at the Community Zone
The content was amazing. Once again, my biggest problem with sessions was simply determining which ones to attend in person. Buying the recordings is something I highly recommend, not only because you can watch all the sessions, but also because it’s much easier to absorb material when you can hit “pause”.
All of the Microsoft Certified Masters we could gather for a photo.
Being asked to autograph a book is surreal. Yep, I co-authored a book. I have a post all about it coming up in the queue, but to briefly summarize, I contributed a chapter to Tribal SQL, a project started by the Midnight DBAs, and published by Red Gate. Red Gate was kind enough to do a launch event at the summit, distribute free copies, and have a signing for all the authors that were present. It was a ton of fun to see people so excited about something I contributed to.
That’s all for this time. I can’t wait to do it all over again in 2014!