Thursday, October 7, 2010

October SQL Server & .Net User Group Meetings

October .NET & SQL User Group Meetings

This month the Baton Rouge SQL Server and .Net user groups are holding a joint meeting.  We will be meeting at our usual location.  If you are around Baton Rouge on Wednesday October 13th stop by.  The meeting details are as follows:

Location:  Lamar Advertising, 5551 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA

Date and Time: 10/13/2010 5:45:00 PM
Sponsored By: Sparkhound
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Refreshments
6:15 - 6:30 pm: Lightning Round
6:30 - 7:45 pm: (.NET) Visualize Data in a “geo way” with WP 7 and Silverlight
6:30 - 7:45 pm: (SQL) Building Spatial Data Reports with SSRS 2008 R2 and Powershell for the DBA
7:45 - until: Open Forum for questions and Raffle

Lightning Round (Lamar Kitchen)
Topic: Introduction to the Pomodoro Technique
Overview: For many of us time is an enemy. The anxiety triggered by “the ticking clock” and deadlines to be met leads to ineffective work and study habits and procrastination. In this lightning round we’ll look at how the Pomodoro Technique can help transform time into a valuable ally.

Speaker: Stacy Vicknair, VB.NET MVP, MCTS

BIO: Stacy Vicknair is a development consultant working for Sparkhound and a Microsoft MVP for two years running in Visual Basic. Stacy blogs at his website,, about .NET and other general development topics. He is active in his local community as a committee member for the Baton Rouge .NET User Group ( and
a co-founder for the Baton Rouge Architecture Group (

SQL Server User Group (3rd Floor Conference Room) Two Topics

Session One

Topic: Building Spatial Data Reports with SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Overview: Microsoft introduced spatial data types in SQL Server 2008 and since has enhanced the reporting capabilities in the following release of SQL Server 2008 R2. This session will introduce the concept of spatial data types in SQL, provide some tips and tools for getting spatial data into SQL, and show different methods for including spatial data in SQL Reporting Services Reports.

Speaker: Mark Verret

BIO: Mark Verret is the Systems Administrator for the LSU Highway Safety Research Group.  He has over 10 years of experience in the IT field.  He has presented at the past two SQLSaturday events in Baton Rouge.  He has functioned as DBA for the past 3 years working with SQL 2000, 2005, 2008, and 2008 R2. 

Session Two

Summary: Powershell for DBAs- introduction and examples of how Powershell 2.0 can make you a more versatile SQL Server Administrator

Speaker:  William Assaf

Bio: William Assaf, MCITP-DD, is a Senior Development Consultant and Team Lead for Sparkhound, Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA.  He blogs on SQL Server at, where you can find the slides and code examples of this presentation.

.NET User Group (Lamar Kitchen)

Topic: Visualize Data in a “geo way” with WP 7 and Silverlight Overview: Geospatial data is being used everywhere these days, from social media, to citizen reporting 311 applications, to tracking government spending. This talk will discuss design tips and go over the requirements for creating a better user experience and how to visualize data in a “geo way” for Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight applications.

Speaker: Al Pascual
BIO: Company: ESRI
Al Pascual was born, bred and educated in Barcelona Spain,. He moved to England as a young lad to work as a developer in start-ups in the technology field. After seven years working in many small companies, Al moved to California with dreams of stock options to work for another start-up and enjoyed the world of low-level C and C++. After spending a few years working as a consultant, when .NET came out, Al helped companies be more productive. He became a pure web developer, believing that HTTP will rule the world and ASP.NET had nothing to do with classic ASP. Finally growing up and joining the corporate world
to be part of the matrix, Al now has a wife, 3 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 rats, 1 turtle and a mortgage. He’s happy to work for a big company like Esri as a senior software developer working mainly in Silverlight and ASP.NET.

See at the User Group

Patrick LeBlanc, SQL Server MVP, MCTS, SQL Server Chapter Leader

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