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PASS Acquires SQLSaturday

The PASS Board of Directors has voted to acquire the popular SQLSaturday event brand and management, launched by Steve Jones, Brian Knight, and Andy Warren in May 2007. Since then, more than 28 events have occurred worldwide, with an anticipated growth of 40-50 events over the next two years. To learn more about this exciting venture:

  • Read PASS President Rushabh Mehta's blog post here
  • Read Andy Warren's blog post here

Join the PASS 2010 Program Committee! The PASS 2010 Program Committee is looking for passionate members to work on special projects or an abstract-selection team. Submit your volunteer application by Feb. 22. Apply today!


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New SSIS Article: "Package Communication at Runtime"

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) facilitates communication between packages at runtime. SSIS packages communicate using variables and event handlers. Combined, this communication can facilitate SSIS frameworks that include consistent, centralized logging. In this article from The SQL Server Standard Volume 7, Issue 2, SQL Server MVP Andy Leonard discusses well-known and not-so-well-known methods of inter-package communication. Read the article.

Latest Top 10 List: Check out the top 10 articles on SQL Server Clustering, - as recommended by Hemantgiri Goswami.

Don Gabor: 3 Ways to Connect at Networking Events: Do you just mingle with your friends? Networking is about building professional relationships and making new contacts. Here are 3 ways to connect at networking events...Read more.

In the News

Download the first release of the free SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit from the Microsoft Download Center and see how to take advantage of key developer enhancements in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

Upcoming SQL Server Events:

Live Meeting - PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Presents: Top 10 Mistakes on SQL Server
Feb. 10, 12-1pm MT

Live Meeting - CBussPASS Hosts: DBA Survivor
Feb. 11, 6:30-8pm ET

Chicago SSUG
Feb. 11, 5:30-8pm CT, Chicago, IL

Calgary SQL PASS - Tuning SQL
Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30pm MT, Calgary, AB

Live Meeting - PASS AppDev Virtual Chapter Presents: PowerShell for Data Professionals
Feb. 23, 12-1pm ET

Live Meeting - PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Presents: SQL Server Internals and Architecture
Feb. 24, 12-1pm ET

See More Events

Win a Spectacular Alaska Cruise for 2!

One lucky PASS Summit 2010 registrant will be enjoying the world's best SQL Server and BI conference, Nov. 8-11 in Seattle, WA, after returning from a luxurious 7-day Alaska cruise for two! Just register by March 15 for your chance to win, plus save 40% off the regular Full Summit rate until March 30. Learn more and register!

Learn from Donald Farmer, Steffen Krause, Bob Ward, and other top experts at PASS European Conference 2010. Learn from and network with top SQL Server and BI experts from around the world April 21-23 in Neuss, Germany, featuring full-day pre-conference sessions by Donald Farmer, Steffen Krause, Bob Ward, Adam Saxton and more in 45 program sessions. Register today!

Summit 2009 DVDs buzz: Here's what some of our tweeps are saying about the PASS Summit 2009 DVD set, including all 168 sessions plus Dr. David DeWitt's keynote. Order yours today!

  • @EricHumphrey: Just got our @sqlpass Summit DVDs in the mail. Copying to network share now. 8 DVDs worth of training goodness. #joy
  • @RonDBA: Copying PASS Summit 2009 DVDs to my laptop for travel reading.
  • @AndyLeonard: The production of the #sqlpass DVDs is excellent @sqlpass. I really like the contents pane. Very cool! :{>
  • @NancyHidyWilson: Just recieved my #SQLPASS DVDs! Now ready to schedule Lunch 'n Learns for the local team for the rest of the year!
  • @paschott: #sqlpass DVDs arrived. Wow that's a lot of information! I like the presentation format, too. Great job, PASS team!
  • @leeannepedersen: Yippee, #sqlpass DVDs arrived today! Now I can finally see what it was about wait types that exploded brains.


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