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.
17.30 – 18:00 Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
18:00 – 18:30 SQL Server 2014 update
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.
18:30 - 19:30 -
A Comedy of Errors - Andrew Whettam
Sometimes the default error messages returned by SQL Server are confusing at best, and completely misleading at worst. If dynamic SQL is introduced into the mix, the picture can get murkier and murkier. The project plan rarely allows time for developing a robust approach to error handling, and attempts by developers to introduce a modicum of consistency are often rebuffed by the complexities involved. This session will peep under the bonnet at some of the considerations to take into account when planning your error handling within your application's stored procedures. Topics covered will include TRY ... CATCH blocks, transactions, throwing errors and making your error messages informative and useful.
Andrew Whettam is a Consultant for Information Management Group and has previously led the Database and Business Intelligence teams for 3M and Capital One respectively. He works with both transactional and analytical databases and has modelled, designed and developed database systems across a variety of industry sectors. Recent IMGROUP projects have included roles as Data Modeller for a major financial institution and Data Architect for a large conglomerate. Past experience includes a number of high profile government projects. He has worked with all versions of SQL Server since SQL 7.0.
19:30 - 19:50 - Break
Time for pizza
19:50 - 20:50 - TBC
20:50 - 21:00 - Feedback, Prize Draw and Close