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From supporting users to building for users + Not So SQL Anymore
For those long November evenings we have an exciting double bill, featuring two local speakers. TALK 1: Calvin, From supporting users, to building for users. Everything I've learned Calvin initially started in a support role to assist users and has since transitioned to becoming a full-time software engineer. In this talk he speaks about the benefits of taking this route along with the many challenges involved such as getting familiar with a brand new programming language, switching to a new team, and much more. Calvin is a Software Engineer on the Core platform at Veeqo, an all-in-one application used by hundreds of retail brands across the world. TALK 2: Michał Poręba, Not So SQL Anymore What if I told you that you don't have to choose between SQL or NoSQL? That wouldn't be quite true, but the choice is no longer binary. Some document databases offer now features typically associated with relational databases and a lot of relational database engines support document types. The gap between the data models is getting smaller. Let's see what is possible to do with JSON and XML in SQL Server and how well does it perform. Michał Poręba is a sort of a DBA who spends more time writing C#, PowerShell, JavaScript or even Ruby code than SQL queries. Server administration can and should be automated, performance is best addressed by good system design and implementation, and working with teams of developers is simply much more fun than spending your days listening to people complaining the database is not fast enough. He lives in Wales where he currently works as a Senior SQL Server DBA at Vizolution in Swansea. In his free time, he speaks obscure languages, plays music with code or dives in local caves trying to find places no human has ever been to before. Recently he started blogging at

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