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 peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
5.30 - 6:00pm Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
6:00 - 6:30pm 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 work.
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.
6.30 - 7:30pm "XQuery fundamentals" with Neil Hambly
Discover the world of XQuery! Find out how we can use XQuery
With lots of demos, we will look @ practical examples of using XQuery, determine which query plans have used a specific index, extract key metrics for further analysis, discover information on your performance issues
7.30 - 7.50pm BREAK: Light refreshments
More time to network and ask questions...
7:50 - 8.50pm What's new for developers in Denali
What are the new developer features to be included in Denali? This will include T-SQL Enhancements, changes to SQL Server Management Studio and the SQL Server Developer Tools (Juneau)
8:50 - 9:00pm Prize Draw and Roundup