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Hello From Barcelona

Hello From Barcelona

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Greetings from the Speakers’ Lounge at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, where TechEd EMEA 2008 Developers is in full swing.  Over 3,000 developers from all over the region have gathered to share and learn best practices for the care and feeding of their Microsoft solutions.

I’ve got a very full dance card this week.  In addition to spending about 12 hours in various booths on the convention floor, I’m presenting three interactive sessions this week.  I completed the first offering of SQL Tricks: Insights from Microsoft IT about forty-five minutes ago.  Other than clicking an incorrect button and accidentally shutting down SSMS three times during the demos, and losing my voice for the last five minutes, it went very well.  I’ve been very anxious to give this presentation.  I wrote it six months ago for TechEd US, which I was unable to attend due to health issues.  It was offered as both an interactive session and a hands-on lab in Orlando, and was also presented at TechEd Australia.

Tomorrow I’ll be presenting Real-World Indexing Strategies from Microsoft IT, and Thursday I’ll give a second presentation of SQL Tricks.

Alas, the likelihood of my repeating last year’s extensive tourist activities is fairly remote; this is very much a working week for me.  I’m hoping to get back to La Font de Canaletes again, but even that modest ambition may be thwarted.  I’ll of course keep you posted on my progress.

I hope your week is going well, wherever you are..


  • A case of laryngitis. Yup. As I mentioned yesterday , my voice got a little flaky towards the end of

  • A photo-laden documentation of an afternoon out and about in a classic European city. No technical content, but some great pictures, and even a multi-lingual pun!

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