Mar 9, 2011: The ‘Cloud’

Buck Woody:
The ‘Cloud’

Buck WoodyGreat – another buzzword. What is “the cloud”, and what are the differences between the vendors that provide it? Where can I use it? What is it for? Buck Woody, Microsoft’s Distributed Computing expert here in the Pacific Northwest will help unravel the terms, provide the use cases, and discuss the technologies behind this new/old way of computing. Systems and Data Architects, senior developers and technical managers will gain knowledge and resources they can use immediately to put Distributed Computing to work for their projects right away

Buck Woody has been working with technology for over twenty-five years, beginning as an administrator and trainer and moving to programming and database administration. He has worked for the U.S. Air Force, at an IBM reseller, and for NASA and U.S. Space Command. He has been a DBA and Database Developer on everything from an Oracle system running on a VAX to SQL Server and DB2 installations. Buck has a business degree and several industry certifications, including MCSE, MCDBA and Brainbench DBA, has led database classes at the University of Washington, and is the author of over 300 SQL Server articles and four published SQL Server books.

Buck was awarded the Microsoft MVP Award in 2006 for SQL Server and started work in the SQL Server Team at Microsoft a year later. He is currently a SQL Server Technical Specialist at Microsoftl

View Buck’s ‘Data as Strategy’ resouce list here.

Buck’s Blog (A worthy read all the time!)

SQL Server Reference Guide

Buck Woody on IT Careers in the Downturn

Cloud Computing Learning Plan

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The March meeting will be sponsored by Apex Systems, Inc –be prepared for some more great food!


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Future Meetings

April 13, 2011: Yi Liao, SQL Azure Reporting Team –SQL Azure Reporting

This session will provide a brief introduction to the SQL Azure Reporting service that was announced at PDC 2010. We will outline the scenarios that will be enabled in SQL Azure Reporting v1 and discuss capabilities supported in this version. This session is a great forum to provide feedback on future direction of SQL Azure Reporting to help you address your business needs.

Jennifer Wilmoth -Getting a Handle on Chaos (more details coming)

May 11, 2011: Tim Lafferty, MS E/F Team: Code First Development in Entity Framework 4.1

Entity Framework (EF) is making it easier than ever to build data-centric applications as quickly as possible. A key piece to this is the new Code First workflow that enables a code-centric experience for interacting with models and databases. You’ll see how Code First uses convention over configuration to improve developer productivity. Its flexibility allows for either automatic database provisioning or the ability to work with an existing database.

June 8, 2011: Speaker Challenge

You are invited to offer a 5 minute presentation on some aspect of developing with SQL Server. Make it fun and informative; and take the opportunity to practice public speaking. The first place award is a $100 gift certificate at Portland’s Daily Grill restaurant and the Second place award is a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Plan now to Submit Your Topic and abstract by May 10, 2011. Everyone that enters will receive a gift from Oregon SQL.

July 13, 2011: Peter Myers, Solid Quality

Taking Your Application Design to the Next Level with Analysis Services Data Mining. This presentation is a must for any developer looking to embed “Artificial Intelligence” into their solution.

SQLSaturdays are FREE all day training events with some of the best SQL presenters, writers, and MVPs in the country. Consider attending one of these upcoming events.

February 26th, Vancouver, BC

April 9th, Olympia, WA

October 8th, Portland, OR

We would love to hear from you! If you have a unique or interesting solution to a SQL development problem, or if you have developed methodologies to utilize specific SQL Server technologies, please consider sharing your expertise with the community by offering a 20-30 minute presentation to a future Oregon SQL -developers meeting. Let us know.

Featured Sponsor.

The March meeting will be sponsored by Apex Systems, Inc. Apex Systems is an IT staffing and workforce solutions firm. We specialize in providing IT professionals for contract, contract-to-hire, and direct placements. We are excited to Sponsor OregonSQL and offer food and refreshments from Subway for the March meeting!


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs … Starting March 1st, Oregon SQL will start sending out a weekly SQL related Jobs newsletter. We will include openings for SQL DBA/Admins, SQL Developers, .NET Developers with SQL expertise, Q/A -and any other opportunity with a significant SQL Server emphasis. To get the Jobs newsletter, look on the recent Meeting Reminder, or the March Newsletter, go to the bottom and select [Update your profile]. Be sure and check the ‘Send me occasional notices about Job Postings’ checkbox.

Lunch and Conversation. The community Lunch and Conversation series has been very warmly received; we have been getting to know each other, share ideas and information, and in general, having a great lunch. The Lunch and Conversation series is being extended -additional openings and new dates are now available. If you would like to join other professionals for a ‘no agenda’ community networking opportunity, sign up here.

Volunteer. The Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC) is an exciting competition that gets students interested in computer science. And OGPC is the only state-wide game programming competition in Oregon! OGPC is looking for volunteers -from judges to timekeepers and help with the registration desk. Get on the volunteer interest list by sending an email to

Last Meeting. The February meeting featured Mark Simms demonstrating StreamInsight. It was an exiting presentation, and 45 folks came to hear and learn –and I’m sure many left with ideas to test out. Edgelink provided tasty and healthy food from Quiznos. Mark’s presentation materials are located here, and a recording of the session is available here.

We wish to acknowledge Robert Half Technologies for supporting Oregon SQL by generously sponsoring the meeting venue.

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