Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed - these are all
things that happen at user group events. These events are a really
great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience - if you want
your own exposure then come and do a 1 - 5 minute nugget in front of your
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you
register as soon as you can.
17.30 – 18:00 Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
18:00 – 18:30 Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a
great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at
It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the
industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.
18:30 - 19:30 - Session One - SQL Server Unit Testing with John McLusky
Despite widespread adoption of Unit Testing for general application development, adoption within database development is rare and many database developers will not have ever written a unit test, despite the advantages it can bring. This session will provide an overview of Unit Testing using the open source tSQLt framework, demonstrating how it can increase confidence in your code, save you time and help prevent bugs from being introduced in the future.
John McLusky has 13 years of experience in the IT industry, and for the last 6 has head up database development at EMIS, who host 53% of the UK's GP patient records on SQL Server. He has worked with SQL Server since 7.0.
19:30 - 19:50 - Break
Time for pizza
19:50 - 20:50 - Session Two - Am Introduction to Column Store Indexes with Chris Adkins
An introduction to column store indexes and batch mode, including new features introduced into SQL Server 2014 and how this new functionality performs and scales.
Chris Adkins is a freelance SQL Server consultant who has been working with SQL Server for over twelve years from version 2000, his main interests include performance and integration.
20:50 - 21:00 - Feedback, Prize Draw and Close
Finally: Drinks down the pub