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SQL Saturday #200 - Philadelphia

If you read my post from yesterday you will know I will be spending some time on the US east coast at the end of May.Last week my friend and fellow Learning Tree instructor Sharon Dooley asked me if I would like to attend SQL Saturday #200 in Philadelphia which is being organised by the Philadelphia User group. Seeing as I was in-town, well close by anyway, I was delighted to accept and registered for the event

I will be traveling from DC to Philadelphia on Friday the 31st,I’m going to have myself a bit of road trip staying in a hotel close to the venue on the Friday night and enjoying the conference on the Saturday. I might be able to take in some sights early on Sunday before I return to DC for my flight home.

This will be the second SQL Saturday that I have attended and I’m very much looking forward to it. This is what the sqlsaturday.com website has to say about the event

“The Philadelphia SQL Server User's Group is extremely proud to be presenting SQL Saturday #200. The event will be held Jun 1 2013 at Microsoft 45 Liberty Blvd., Suite 210 Malvern, PA 19355.   Admittance to this event is free, but we do charge a lunch fee of 10.00 so that we can provide a lunch. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.”

I’m not speaking this time, as I’m attending with relatively short notice and speaker registration had closed but the speaking line up is great and if you are going do come and say hello. If you would like to register you can sign up here http://www.sqlsaturday.com/200/eventhome.aspx

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