I’ve recently learned that Chris Date is giving a three days seminar on January 26–28, 2010 in Dallas, TX, organized by Method-R. It must be one of the unique opportunities to learn from the world renown expert in relational database theory.
The seminar title is “How to Write Correct SQL and Know It: A Relational Approach to SQL”. It’s focused on writing reliable SQL. While SQL has been designed as a simple access interface to relational data, it turned out to be quite complex and requires your to follow a certain disciplines to produce truly reliable SQL code — relational discipline.
From my experience, I find that many database problems (and that’s probably underestimation) could be avoided with better design and better SQL so I’m genuinely interested to have people do that better and better and better — managing well written applications is so much more fun!
The pricing is very fair and $600 per day is a bargain if you ask me.
Looks like they’re giving away a copy of Date’s latest book, “SQL and Relational Theory: How to Write Accurate SQL Code”. I actually was the technical editor of that book, and I can tell you that the material is *excellent* and intended for database practitioners — it’s not just SQL theory, but SQL theory as it relates to practice.