Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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13 January 2006

Yesterday's UG meeting

I've already done the proper post, where I mentioned the resources (oh, and apparently the slides won't be available, sorry). Now for my thoughts on the day.

We had just shy of 40 people turn up. And I think the registration-overlap was really high. That's always good, because it helps with the catering, and giving of prizes. The crowd was good too. Often I see the function room (there are two rooms - the function room where we eat, and the auditorium where we listen to Rob's bad jokes) full of people who aren't talking. But there seemed to be a real buzz this time, which was really great.

Chuck (who was 39 yesterday) tells me the webcast went well. I was worried about that, but it seems that the recording went pretty well, and the only problem was that the slides didn't transition after a certain point. In future, I'll get someone (like Chuck) to advance the slides himself if it seems that the speaker is unable to.

I feel like the user group is coming along really well. We have some great speakers coming up in the next couple of months too. We have Peter & Peter in February and March. Myers will be speaking on SSIS (assuming that he's free - waiting for confirmation on that) and Ward will be speaking on SMO. Compared to some of these guys, I feel like I know nothing about SQL Server. But I'm frequently assured that I actually do.