Notes From The February 2014 oPASS Meeting

Live notes from the meeting.

  • Attendance is low tonight, about 10 people (though it was well advertised, I got quite a few reminders – a good thing)
  • Yesterday was Karla Landrum’s birthday!
  • Met two new people (one was a sponsor, that sort of counts)
  • Good coverage of upcoming events, would like to see more push on the upcoming Orlando Code Camp
  • Meeting sponsored by Tek Systems. Astoundingly I won the drawing for a $25 gift card. I think first time I’ve ever won (and to be fair, rare that my name was ever in the drawing)
  • Presentation tonight is “Build a mapping service and real-time interactive map” by Santosh Hari
  • Good intro to GIS very high level concepts
  • Big advantage of SQL Server is built-in ability to visualize maps
  • Bring the data into SQL whenever possible
  • 2008 is good enough, some improvements in 2012
  • Get slides for source for sample data and a loading tool
  • Google king of maps, but there are other sources (chart in slide that compares services, different reasons to pick each)
  • Topic thoughts:
    • GIS a very tough sell to the average DBA crowd – just doesn’t get used much. Maybe less than it should, but relatively rare compared to the rest.
    • I think the topic for tonight suffered from a topic/abstract that didn’t quite align to average attendee interests – but with a tweak or two I think it would have!Presentation notes:
    • Speakers, remember to figure out resolution and font size before the session starts. One big reason to fight for your 10 minutes to set up
  • Some presentation thoughts:
    • Always good to commit to sharing slides, but often attendees will take notes – remember that slides don’t entirely replace notes, you may have said something that triggered a thought only sort of related to the slide, an idea for work for example
    • I’m thinking there are times when two projectors would be useful – dual screens, one for slides and one for demo

    2 thoughts on “Notes From The February 2014 oPASS Meeting

    1. I like your blog approach to user group meetings. Too many times, I’ll take notes during the session and not reference them in any way. By writing a simple post about my experience, I can give the organizers and speaker constructive feedback. Also, your idea about dual screens is so true. Most of us have dual monitors on our desk, why can’t presentations benefit from that? Thank you for this post!


      1. Doug, I find the longer I wait after an event the less I write! I’m not trying for meeting minutes (though its a very similar strategy), just the things I think of. I’ve found it useful to look back and if once in a while it does some good, so much the better. Thanks for the comment!


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