North Texas SQL Servers Users Group

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19 MAR 2015 NTSSUG Meeting

  • In-Person @ 7000 North Highway 161 Irving, Texas, United States (map)
  • 18:00 - 21:00 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English

RSVP Here: None

6:00 - 6:20 - Welcome, Announcements & Food

6:20 - 7:20 - SSMS Tips and Tricks by Hakim Ali

7:30 - 8:30 - Entity Framework for DBAs – Sometimes the right answer is better code by Devlin Liles and Tim Rayburn

8:30 - 8:45 - Raffle and closing

Featured Presentation:

SSMS Tips and Tricks

Hakim Ali, Senior Dev DBA SQLzen

I have enjoyed a career that has required me to fulfil several of these roles at some time in the past: web developer, technical writer, software administrator, EDI specialist, business analyst, project manager, migration lead, desktop software developer, database developer, and now senior dev DBA. As a result, I have played with several text editors and IDEs, from Notepad to Visual Studio and many in between. My favorite? Easily SSMS, or SQL Server Management Studio. This session will go over many power features of this tool, and show you how to become more productive in its use. We will cover: - Environment setup, including default server and database connections - Navigation tips and tricks - Powerful features of search and replace - Easily and quickly finding object metadata - Code editing productivity boosters To get most value out of this session, please bring a laptop with SSMS installed so you can follow along with the demos.

About Hakim:
Database developer and designer with valuable experience on and a great liking for SQL Server. Trying to get the word out on developing SQL Server databases with Visual Studio.

Entity Framework for DBAs – Sometimes the right answer is better code

Devlin Liles and Tim Rayburn Improving Enterprises

Have you ever looked at a query generated by an object relational mapper and wondered who would think this was good? Maybe you have discussed the elegance of stored procedures in the moonlight overlooking a weekend maintenance window? In this session we will talk about the usage of ORMs in our world, and how we can do it better, faster, smarter by changing our approach slightly. We will cover object and database differences, schema changes, and “it won’t do that justifications”.

About Devlin Liles and:
Devlin Liles is a VP of Consulting at Improving Enterprises Houston and a passionate technologist. Devlin prides himself on staying a generalist, but his passion in development is data and its interactions. These passions gained him the recognition of Microsoft as an MVP of Data Platform Development awardee, and then into C#, and now an ALM MVP. Since 2007 he has been presenting and teaching classes on software development practices and tools to audiences around the nation. He is a regular national presenter at user groups, conferences, and community events. He founded an internal Corporate Software Craftsmanship conference in Northwest Arkansas as well as led the Tyson User group for a year and a half. He has been involved in many conferences and events(Dallas TechFest, Houston TechFest, Houston CodeCamp, Houston GiveCamp, AgileDotNet) as a coordinator; planner; or just a helping hand. Devlin has become an author several times, most notably with his good friend Tim Rayburn as authors of a book about Entity Framework and the expert approach to it. He is an avid soccer player and hobbyist gamer. Tim Rayburn is a Vice President of Consulting with Improving Enterprises, a software and project management consulting company in Dallas, TX. He is a passionate advocate of apprenticeship and mentorship in corporate environments. Since 2007 he has been awarded the Microsoft MVP in recognition of his expertise and community leadership. He is also a conference organizer, an author, and can be found speaking across the nation on agile processes, software design, and career management. He lives in the North Dallas area with his amazing wife Kate and their loyal dog Gandalf.

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