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Birmingham Data Platform - Using Python in SSMS
Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - 8th November 2018, 6.15pm *** Registration on MeetUp required for venue security *** Session 1: Using Python in SQL Server Management Studio (Pete Moore) Session 2: TBC Agenda 6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Using Python in SQL Server Management Studio (Pete Moore) The noise started far away: you need to learn Python, it whispered. We ignored it for a while because we could. Besides we were busy, busy architecting databases, busy writing T-SQL and busy learning all of the other stuff on the MS Data Platform. Real data. Then something happened: you could code Python from within SSMS. The whisper had become deafening. This was now part of T-SQL coding. This was us. The Python had infiltrated our world, but what did it mean for us, the SQL folk? Did we need to up-skill? What now? Did we need knew technology? Textbooks? New education? Or could we just ignore it? This decade’s LINQ (sorry LINQ folks)? This talk tackles these questions by coaxing Python out of its natural environment and debating the pros and cons of: SQL vs Python, Native Python vs Python in SSMS; and, ultimately, why we might just be able to have the best of both worlds - all from the comfort of your own SQL Server Management Studio. 7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Pizza 8:00pm – 9:00pm TBC Venue This session will be held at Matthew Boulton College. Room: MB114 Address: Matthew Boulton College Jennens Road Birmingham B4 7PS On site parking is very limited and likely to already be taken by college staff/students. There are several car parks in the area, see Park-O-Pedia for more details: Other Details We'll be putting on food for the event, so please do register so we know numbers. If you then can't make it we'd really appreciate it if you'd unregister and/or let us know. Dress code: relaxed Event Organiser Contact Details If you need any further details or have any requests for this or future Data Platform Group events, please contact get in touch. Alex Whittles Twitter: @PurpleFrogAlex ( Email: [masked] ([masked]) Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum ( Speaker Profiles Pete Moore is a Data Scientist specialising in R, Python and SQL. He is founder of Look at your Data Ltd and available for freelance work, you can view his CV here: Prior to Look at your Data, Pete was an IT Director. He is a present day student at the Data Science MSc at the University of Dundee.

Matthew Boulton College

Jennens Road · Birmingham

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Microsoft Data Platform Group - Bringing the West Midlands Microsoft data platform community together.


We normally hold meetings every other month, usually on a Thursday after work in the centre of Birmingham. It's an informal gathering of like minded people, with a couple of speakers presenting hour long sessions including tips, techniques and information on old, new and upcoming technology.

We like to get a mixture of world leading speakers as well as providing an opportunity for our members to present. We tailor the speakers and sessions to your requests so if you have any specific topics that you want to go through, then come along and let us know. Each meetup consists of two speakers presenting topics for an hour each, with a break in the middle for some food and networking.

We're part of the UK SQL Server community and an official PASS chapter (the Professional Association for SQL Server) covering the Midlands in the UK.

Kindly sponsored by RP Analytics ( and Purple Frog Systems (


Matthew Boulton College, usually either room MB114 or MB723

Jennens Road
B4 7PS

There's no parking on site, but there are a couple of NCP car parks nearby, which you can find on the above link.


The 2nd or 3rd Thursday of the month.

Door open at 6:15pm to meet and greet.

The first session starts at 6:30pm, second session finishes at 9pm with a break for refreshments in between.


Dress code: Casual

Size: Usually between 20 and 40 people

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