Atlanta Code Camp – Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS)

Thanks to everyone who stuck with me during my Saturday morning presentation at the Atlanta Code Camp. For those who didn’t make it, I had come down with either food poisoning or some sort of virus on Thursday night and was extremely sick on Friday. I had recovered enough Saturday to make the camp, even though my voice was just about gone. I promised to post my materials, so without further delay here they are:

First off, here’s the power point slides, in PDF format: Intro to SSIS Slide Deck

Next, here is the script I used to generate my demo: Intro to SSIS Script. If anyone has issues with the directions, please e-mail me and let me know, this is my first pass at this format and I want to ensure it’s usable for everyone.

Finally, here is the project:

SSIS Test 1_zip

I am feeling a bit better today, slept most of Sunday and while I’ve totally lost my voice my fingers still work so I wanted to get this out here.

Thanks to the folks in Atlanta for a great code camp, and thanks again to everyone who attended my session it was a great crowd.

BizTalk Blogs

As part of today’s BizTalk class our instructor Mark Berry had a list of recommended blogs. For convenience I’ve listed these below, as well as in my Arcane Links section. Enjoy…

BizTalk Resources

Stephen W. Thomas BizTalk Blog

Jon Flanders Blog

Charles Young Blog

Lee Graber Blog

Scott Colestock’s Trace of Thought

Richard Seroter’s Architecture Musings (Current Blog) (Previous blog from Microsoft)

Brian Loesgen Blog

Busy Week

I’m in a training class this week put on by Dunn Training. Our instructor is Mark Berry, and he really knows his stuff. I’ve learned a lot about BizTalk in just one day. Downside though is the days are long, which is going to leave me little time for blogging so if my posts are spotty, that’s why.

I found a really great post by Keith Elder on good communications. It’s one of the better written articles on the subject with clear cut examples. Well worth the read.

Don’t forget Atlanta Code Camp this Saturday, March 29th! Tons of great sessions.

Arthur C. Clarke Died Tomorrow

I was sitting in front of my computer the other night, it was about 11 p.m. local time on March 18th, 2008 when I saw a Twitter message that the great Arthur C. Clarke had passed away. Included was a link to his Wikipedia article which detailed his life and his passing away at age 90, on March 19th, 2008.

Yes, you read that correctly, from my perspective Arthur C. Clarke died tomorrow.

Of course I did a double take, shook the sleep out of my eyes and quickly realized it was all due to time zones and that pesky international date line. Like a lot of young geeks I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction from Sir Arthur C. Clarke, along with others like Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Their visions of the future helped in large part to inspire the creativity of a technological generation and contributed to many of the things we enjoy today, including these really cool gizmos we call computers.

I must admit though, when I first read the news I was a bit rattled. From my perspective, I was reading about someone who had already died, in the future. Somehow I think Sir Clarke would have found that fitting.

Happy Birthday Visual Studio

According to this article in Platinum Bay, today March 19th 2008 is Visual Studio’s 11th birthday. I have used many IDE’s over the years for development, but I would argue all day long that Visual Studio is the best, period. Everyone who contributed to that original1997 product and put their sweat into it since deserves a round of applause and a hearty thank you from the development community.

Happy Birthday Visual Studio!

Atlanta Code Camp

I just wanted to let everyone know I will be speaking at the Atlanta Code Camp, on Saturday March 29th 2008. My subject will be Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS). From the preliminary schedule I’ve seen, this looks like an awesome code camp, eight tracks this time! The SQL Server track concentrates a lot on BI (Business Intelligence). Three of the five sessions are on SSIS, so if you are looking to learn more about this subject this is the place to be!

The camp fills up quick, I’m surprised it hasn’t reached it’s limit yet. Just a little over a week away so head over to their site and register now!

The Virtual Meeting

We had an interesting event last week during our BSDA meeting. Doug Turnure from Microsoft was presenting at our BSDA group. I decided to Twitter the high points as Doug went through his presentation on SIlverlight. (I loved Doug’s line about the DLR being the Woodstock of programming languages.) During the event Shawn Wildermuth, The ADO Guy (who should probably take on the new name The Silverlight Guy) tweeted back with some interesting comments and links.

At the same time Doug was also recording the presentation using Camtasia. I’m hopeful the quality will be sufficient to distribute as we were using a new microphone in new surroundings.

My goal is to take as many of the BSDA’s meetings as I can to the virtual community. To record the presentations for later playback, and to provide an interactive experience for those who can’t attend. What about your user group?