Tuesday 12 March 2013

I'm sure my procedure does what it should!

Last Saturday, the 9th March, was the day for SQL Saturday 194, held in Exeter in the UK. This event was organised by the SQL South West User PASS chapter.

From my perspective, the event seemed very well attended, and smoothly run. There were some nice touches too, like a beer and a pasty for every attendee with which to end the day, and people I spoke to had gotten a lot from the day. It was great to see so many people talking to sponsors and getting advice on their individual questions from the community. It's always amazing how much expertise there is available for free at SQL Community events!

The next SQL Saturday in the UK is in Edinburgh in June, but you can see the list of upcoming events here. There are other community events in the UK, including SQL Bits and SQL in the City. Why not come along to one? Many also run pre-con sessions, which is a cost-effective way of getting SQL Server training.

I'd like to thank those who attended my session, and also Red Gate who were kindly able to supply me with some licenses for their SQL Test product to give away. I hope that you get started unit testing your procedures and gain confidence that they do what they should, too!

My session on unit testing databases, "I'm sure what my procedure does what it should!" used the tSQLt framework to show how to write repeatable unit tests for your databases. If you would like my session slides and scripts, they are available for download here. Please do drop me a line (I'm @d_a_green on twitter) or post a comment below if you have any further questions.

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