It’s the time for the July meetup and the June post is just coming out. Delay on my part was because of a hectic schedule. Nevertheless, better late than never, so thought of typing it now at least.
The June meetup was held on 20th June 2012 and the events lined up for the evening were,
- Best Practices for Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 – by Sanjeewa Jayawickrama MBCS
- Breaking an SQL Myth in 600 Seconds : Seek is always better than Scan – by Prithiviraj Kulasingham MVP
- The New Microsoft Certification and SQL Server – by Gogula Aryalingam MVP
Sanjeewa along with a demo of the installation gave some salient insights which are ignored during the process of installation. Actually, not ignored as such but rather taken for granted and how any one would blindly opt to proceed with the default settings of the wizard without digging deep. He made some recommendations for installation and mentioned the basic Software and Hardware requirements. Overall it was an informative session as I only had witnessed another installing it and actually had no knowledge of the how things worked out during installation.
Prithiviraj in his session made a comparison between Seek and Scan, where Scan would be a better option in a particular instance though Seek seemed to be the hot favourite. Finally Gogula began his session on explaining the new structure for certifications, the use of it and how one could groom their career path. This session answered a continuously bugging question in my mind which was, “Why should I go for a certification when I have a degree?” Basically, what I understood as the purpose of it is that if you’re a person who knows where you’re heading, certifications are a good way to build the road ahead of you and besides you also have an additional advantage with the “Certified” tag behind your name when you’re applying for jobs 🙂
According to where I stand, the importance of the topics discussed at the meeting were ordered in a descending order for me. Where the first session was the least important (but if I get to install in the future, it’ll definitely come handy 😉 ) and the last session was the most important (as an undergraduate who’ll be finishing the degree pretty soon and looking out for opportunities).
The July meetup is planned for today and I’m sure there will be something for everyone to get from it.