TechEd 2008 – Wednesday

And so it’s all over for another year. Time to pack up, travel home and tomorrow, go back to the office. It’s been a great conference. I know there was a lot of concern about the new venue and there were a few teething problems, but overall, I think it was a very good event.

There were only two sessions this morning. I started off with a deep and very technical look at the data mining algorithms in SQL 2005. I understood some of it, but I need to brush up on my statistics.

For the second session of the day, Peter Willmot and I ran a session on basic SQL security concepts for the architects and developers. It seemed well received and it was very well attended for the last session of TechEd.

The closing keynote was given by Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic. He gave us a very entertaining overview of Virgin Galactic up until now, including their monumental first launch of SpaceShip One, and of their vision of things to come. I will remember the video of the first flight of SpaceShip One for quite some time. I so want to do that trip into space. One day.

And the final thing to close out the conference, the official announcement of SQL Server 2008 RTM. An excellent end to an excellent conference.

Thanks and congrats to all the project team, all the organisers, all the speakers and everyone else who helped to make TechEd such a great conference. I look forward to the tenth TechEd South Africa next year.



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