The conference took place between the 10th and 14th November 2008. It was my first time in such big event and I have to admit that I was excited! Thousands of developers around Europe and other countries near Europe, huge amounts of knowledge exchange, very interesting sessions on new Microsoft technologies, ask-the-experts sessions where someone could have deep technical discussions with Microsoft experts regarding the various MS technologies, exhibitions and of course, Speaker Idol!
Based on the fact that I wanted to experience TechEd as much as I could, I participated to the Speaker Idol Contest :). Even though I was somehow expecting to feel a little bit nervous I did not; after all I was among fellow developers!
So, I talked about the MERGE statement in SQL Server 2008; a really interesting T-SQL enhancement. The presentation went well but unfortunately I did not make it to the finals. Though, regardless the result, the experience was worth every minute!
With these great emotions, I am leaving Barcelona tonight and hopefully I will make it to the next TechEd in Berlin next year. Who knows? I might even participate again to Speaker Idol! 🙂
Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, and a 9 Times Microsoft Data Platform MVP (2009-2018). He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Artemakis is the founder of SQLNetHub and TechHowTos.com. Artemakis is the creator of the well-known software tools Snippets Generator and DBA Security Advisor. Also, he is the author of many eBooks on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA).