Announced and available for download the SQL Server 2014 CTP2:
…and something that is very welcome for the community is the live from the PASS Summit 2013 is here:
SQL Saturday Kosovo #225, happened last week and I’m very happy that we did for the first time in Balkan region!
Special thanks goes to the sponsors Ipko Foundation, PASS, Microsoft, ICK (Innovation Center Kosovo), Redgate, Wrox, PluralSight, xSQL Software, Digjitale.com, Nescafe as well as Albanian SQL Server Users Group > ALSSUG.
We had just one track this time and with great speakers & their strong experience ( Dejan Sarka, Niko Neugebauer, Mladen Prajdic, Turgay Sahtiyan and Matija Lah), and for more details about their presentations you can find here.
As first time SQL Saturday in our country, the event went well and we had 118 registered attendees and 82 were present in the event for all the day of the 18th May, 2013. Thanks to the Niko as my mentor for this successfully event and I need to say thank you also to my friends who helped me a lot during the organization of the event (Betim Drenica, Florim Maxhuni, Milot Rexhepi).
Starting to look forward for the next one, soon! … stay tuned!
Some of the photos of our event:
I’m so exciting to announce that the SQL Saturday Kosovo is going to be held on May 18, 2013 and it’s our firs time SQL Saturday where I will speak also. However I’ve started the challenge journey to organize things properly. The most important thing here for our local community is that the list of the speakers will be all the MVPs for SQL Server.
More information will be in our official website at SQL Saturday #225 Kosovo.
Yesterday, my friend Betim Drenica (B | T) as Leader of the ALNUG (Albanian .Net Users Group) and I as leader of the ALSSUG (Albanian SQL Server Users Group) have organized second meeting of our UG in very lovely environment at Innovation Center of Kosovo, in Prishtina.
We had nice sessions about SQL Server window Functions, C# 5, Web Services yesterday & today and two light talks. Event went well and we had a great audience around 45 people. Also lot of the discussions and encouraging the audience to speak something from their experience in the next events.
Need to say “thank you” to our sponsors and supporters: ICK (Innovation Center of Kosovo), STIKK (Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology), and other sponsors that are available in our official website!
Another Tech Days Prishtina where I will speak about SQL Server 2012 for IT Pros. After a success event in Tirana (Albania), next week in Tech Days Kosovo 2012, I’m honored to be part of the speakers team, where I will speak about SQL Server 2012 new arrivals. According to the previous Tech Days events we will have a great audience over 350 attendees, seems this year will be more than that! However, the event will have in parallel two tracks, the Dev Track with the speakers (Karl Davies-Barrett, Betim Drenica, Arian Celina, Rexhep Kqiku & Lamir Shkurti) and IT Pro Track with speakers (Damien Caro, Dimitar Grozdanov, Driart Elshani & Dukagjin Maloku). The agenda information:
IT Pro Track: aka DPro-Track, while all speakers name started with D!
- Damien Caro – All about the Cloud-s
- Dimitar Grozdanov – Learn how to start building your privat cloud
- Driart Elshani – MS Forefront TMG implementation in the Kosova’s Government IT infrastructure (success story)
- Dukagjin Maloku – 10 reason to love SQL Server 2012
- Damien Caro – Windows Server 8
- Karl Davis-Barrett – Windows 8 a ride on the Metro Application Platform
- Betim Drenica – Windows Phone Applications using Windows Azure
- Arian Celina – MVC 4 and WebAPI
- Lamir Shkurti – 10 reason to love SQL Server 2012 for Developers
- Rexhep Kqiku – What’s new in VS11 (oriented in ALM)
Links to register for Tech Days & IT Camp are:
I’m very excited for the invitation to present at TechDays Albania 2012, which will be held on April 19, 2012 in Tirana. The event will be held on the perfect environment of the Tirana International Hotel. Well, for the first time we have only Albanian speakers except our guest Karl Davies Barrett. I will be honored to present Top 10 reason to Love SQL Server 2012 for Developers, where I will try to bring really ten things that are attractive for the developers in SQL Server 2012.
In parallel with the Tech Days Albania 2012, the Microsoft will organize also the IT Camp which is totally oriented to the Cloud Technology.
Agenda for the Tech Days Albania 2012:
What’s New – Windows 8
It’s Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s an all-new touch interface. It’s a new Windows for new devices.
Windows Identity Foundation
The Windows Identity Foundation helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools.
10 reason to love SQL Server 2012 for the Developers
Microsoft SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud, backed by mission critical confidence.
MVC 4 for Web Applications
ASP.NET MVC 4 is a framework for developing highly testable and maintainable Web applications by leveraging the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The framework encourages developers to maintain a clear separation of concerns among the responsibilities of the application – the UI logic using the view, user-input handling using the controller, and the domain logic using the model.
Take a ride on the Metro Application Platform
What should you be doing to prepare for Windows 8, and to what extent will you have to revise your existing skill set? This session answers these questions and more as it takes you under the hood and demonstrates how to write Metro applications
What’s New in Visual Studio 11
This section contains information about some of the important enhancements to Visual Studio 11 Beta
I will put the list of the speakers who will cover the agenda above:
Arben Murtaj – Microsoft Albania, Technology Strategist
Karl Davis Barrett (@karl_db) - Developer Platform Evangelist @ Microsoft
Elton Ropi - Software Architect at ikubINFO
Dukagjin Maloku (@DugiDBA)- Leader of the Albanian SQL Server Users Group
Betim Drenica (@betimdrenica)- Leader of the Albanian .Net Users Group
Arian Celina (@ariancelina)- Software developer
Many of the folks who are the PASS members, can have the possibility to watch 24 Hrs of PASS Spring 2012 if someone has missed the presentations. So, after interesting presentations, the PASS have posted the recordings and you can watch them on demand offline.
Take a look the list of the presentations and all the instructions how to watch them are described on the post.
Have a nice time with 24HOP Spring 2012.
Today, I’m so excited to announce that we had the first meeting of our Users Group – Albanian SQL Server Users Group and I’m very happy that we made the possibilities to organize this great event with our great sponsors that support us and everything was so attractive for the attendees.
We presented our program as Albanian SQL Server Users Group to the attendees where we have discussed lot about our mission, our activities, how the others can involve in the Users Group activities, how we can collaborate with others in the community, our partnership with others etc. Also in our today’s agenda were some presentations including New Features in SQL Server 2012 RC0 – presenting from Betim Drenica (Blog > http://betimdrenica.wordpress.com/ | @betimdrenica), and from other colleges Rexhep Kqiku (@rkqiku) & Adem Gashi (@dudemqe) that have presented about new features in Visual Studio 2011.
In this day, we have promoted also two new registered Users Group that are live now and soon they will organize their first meetings, they are Albanian .Net Users Group and Kosova Microsoft Infrastructure Group. According to this now we have three active Users Groups and I hope that our community will be so active and informed with new products and new features in existing products of the Microsoft’s technology.
It was a huge interest from the attendees to have this kind of the meetings being part of the Users Group and involving their self with lot of the contribution in Users Group activities in the future, what I appreciate a lot their readiness and as the leader of the Albanian SQL Server Users Group it gives me encouragement and willpower to be more and more active and engaged with our great and enthusiastic community.
Stay Tuned …
It’s late but I need to say some words about our local tech event, it is the only one that we have and it’s Microsoft TechDays Kosova 2011 & TechDays Albania 2011. In the last years it was TechUpdate … I blogged about last TechUpdate 2010 here.
In Microsoft Tech Days 2011 has been held on 17 May 2011, I was there and presenting about “Introduction to the SQL Server 2011 Code-Named ‘Denali’ CTP1″. Also there was first promotion of Albanian SQL Server Users Group where I’m the leader of the group, presenting about the group, the efforts to create the group, some plans for the future meetings, our vision, our activities etc etc. The Albanian SQL Server Users Group now it’s open for all tech Albanians people >> http://albanian.sqlpass.org
Tech Days 2011 covers more sessions about the Cloud, VS LightSwitch, Mobile, Web, Kinect and my session about SQL Server 2011 ‘Denali’ CTP1.
The Microsoft’s special guesst & speaker was Karl Davies – Barret …some shoots from the event:
From left > right: Celik Nimani, Betim Drenica, Karl Davis-Berret and Dukagjin Maloku
Dukagjin Maloku & Betim Drenica – TechDays 2011
With my friends …
Preparing for presentation …
During the presentation …together with my friend Betim Drenica.
Coffee time …
Main Room …
Second Room …