Are you going to Seattle for the PASS Summit this year?
If you’re going to be in town by Monday/Tuesday and are looking for some free training, you have some options. I love that SQL-server related vendors have really taken up the community spirit and do as much as they can for us for low/no cost. Sure, these have some content specific to the company putting it on, but the audience isn’t beaten over the head about it. When a vendor tool is shown as a solution to a problem, the alternative solutions are typically covered as well.
These are listed in chronological order. If there are any other events not shown here, please let me know.
Monday, Oct. 26 – Hyatt at Olive 8
In this continuation of a successful touring training event, they’re providing 2 tracks of content: SQL Development (code management, CI/CD processes) and SQL DBA work (performance tuning, uptime, DR, etc.). Just as with a PASS SQL Saturday, you can choose whichever sessions you want to attend. They will also be featuring a hands-on lab where you can try their products out.
Tuesday, October 27 – Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown
Small fee for lunch
This is what happens when a group of MCMs decide they want to spend their time providing 8 hours of training to anyone who wants to sign up. Specifically, it’s Jason Brimhall ( b | t ), Randy Knight ( b | t ), Ben Miller ( b | t ), and Wayne Sheffield ( b | t ).
The session content is listed on their event page (link above) and on the SSG web site. All they ask in exchange is that you pay for your own lunch, which is < $12. You do need to sign up on the event site (the link above) because space is limited. I wouldn't wait too long. This one will likely fill up fast.
Also, I do see great value in the official PASS pre-cons. In fact, I’m personally taking a mix-and-match approach this year (including a PASS pre-con). But if you’re looking for quality content at low/no cost, you can’t go wrong with these options.