What SQL Server Pros Can Get by Giving this Holiday Season
Can Get By
SQL Server DBA Professionals
Give and Receive
As the holidays approach, remember
what SQL Server professionals can
get by giving.
SQL Server folks are by nature a
generous bunch: we share our
knowledge reflexively to help out our
fellow pros locally and globally.
If you have ever found a solution to a
vexing problem by watching a SQL
Server guru’s breakdown of a
database fragmentation then you are
a beneficiary of our communities
• We don’t reserve that generosity
just for fellow techies – as
evidenced by Give Camps across
• Give Camp brings together
technology pros for intensive
weekend sessions that provide
solutions for under-resources
charities and non-profits.
• Wish lists are submitted & reviewed and then everyone gets together
for a weekend, rolls up their sleeves, and builds finished solutions by
the event’s conclusion.
If you haven't participated in a
Give Camp there are three
reasons to do it:
1. You’ll help people.
2. You’ll get to learn and improve in a
uniquely and intensely cooperative
environment that you might not
3. It’s exhilarating.
This is what drew Colorado-based SQL Server developer, Gabe
Villa, to become an organizer of Give Camp for the past 3 years.
The most recent saw 20 volunteers serve 5 charities that wouldn’t
have otherwise found infrastructure, budget, or talent to meet their
“There’s a lot of emotion, we started on
Friday night with no solutions, worked the
entire weekend, and were able to demo the
solutions by lunchtime Sunday.”
– Gabe Villa
One team put
together a donor
solution for a
forms for a
middle schoolaged girls.
SQL Server DBAs
alike got the
of seeing how
their time and
talent can make a
They also get the
learning and skills
to a miniconference, as
well as a way to
work fluidly and
“There are no
From SQL Saturdays to Give
Camps, chances are there is somebody out
there who needs your knowledge.
This holiday season is a great time to reflect
on how to share it – and be amazed at
what we get back when we do.
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