I’m ecstatic that I’ve been selected to speak at SQLBits 2020 in London this April. SQLBits is ” the largest Microsoft Data Platform conference in Europe” over 5 days in total. It’s a great event and the Saturday is completely free (and on a weekend) if you can’t get tickets for the main event.

I’ve had a couple of sessions chosen, I’ve put a summary below of each and I’d love to see you there.

Creating test data with SQL 2019 and Python

Friday 3rd April – 15:45

Do you have a need to create test data but not the means? Why not do it with SQL 2019 and Python? In this session we’ll go through (from the beginning) what you need to get this going and exactly how to do it, no Python experience is necessary.

Making your Emergency Toolkit

Saturday 4th April – 10:30

Have you ever had to jump on a server that’s having issues and fix it quick? Me too. We’ll go through creating your own tailored set of scripts that can help you triage and fix problems efficiently and quickly. 

For both of these talks I’ll give you all of the scripts used so you can reproduce them at home.

One other thing of note, the Friday night party is always themed. This year is The Greatest Showman. It’s sure to be a laugh, I’ll be going as the Bearded Lady, come say hi!

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday has been brought to us by Jess Pomfret who asks for our favourite Life Hack that we use to make our days easier.

Now I’m not going to talk about technical tools here, I’m going to talk about something that has helped me get into the correct head space over the last 6 months. 

Exercise!

I know, I know, too much like hard work right? 

Getting in some exercise before work has been amazing for both my physical and mental health. Getting in a class before work is a great way to wake yourself up properly, it’s not unusual to be yawning on the way to the gym but you can guarantee that you’re awake after that class.

It also gives you a sense of accomplishment for doing something positive before you’ve even entered the office. Whatever happens you’ve done your exercise and nobody can take that away from you. It doesn’t have to be the gym, a quick walk outside might be all that you need, I’ll leave that up to you.

I know that not everybody can get to the gym and having time with a family can be difficult but it’s really worth spending that little that you might be able to on yourself. You’re worth looking after.

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