November 10, 2009 1 Comment
The PASS Community Summit is one of the highlights of my professional year. It’s a time when members of the SQL Community from around the globe can gather together at one place for learning, sharing, and networking. As I’ve often said, the best part about the PASS Community Summit is getting to catch up with friends that I only see once or twice a year. I love that.
And this year’s Summit was doubly special in that regard. This year I was able to get together with a bunch of other folks for the official release of the SQL Server MVP Deep Dives book.
If you haven’t already heard, 52 really smart people and I got together to write a SQL Server book. All of the proceeds from the book are being donated to charity, WarChild.org.
It was a great pleasure and honor to work with Manning Publications and this group of renowned experts in their field to benefit a charity that crosses geographical, political, and socioeconomic boundaries to help children in war ravaged parts of the world.
And it was rewarding to see how the SQL community at PASS responded. The conference bookstore sold out of the book after the first day of the conference and sales of the book surpassed all prior title sales at the conference by a factor of five!
Those who bought a book on-site were able to get it signed by many of the authors; 35 were at the conference.
All in all, this was a special time and I hope you consider buying the book and supporting the effort and WarChild.