Another busy day here in Barcelona.
I started this morning by heading to La Rambla de Catalunya in the center of the old city. I wanted to visit La Font de Canaletes. Local legend has it that visitors that drink from this fountain will someday return to Barcelona. I confess I was expecting a running fountain rather than one which required hand operation; once I figured that out, I drank generously from the fountain, hopefully sealing my fate. I then took an extra sip in honor of my wife, Gale, who I'm missing very much this week. If fortune smiles on me enough to send me back here in the future, I hope it smiles sufficiently to send her with me as well.
I got back to the Convention Center just in time for lunch, and to work a couple of hours at the SQL Server booth on the convention floor. I then attended Bob Beauchemin's interactive session To ODBC or to OLE DB? which provided both an interesting group discussion and a useful history of the two components. One of my "to-do's" for the next year or so is to get a better handle on issues outside the database process space which impact database application development; connectivity libraries are certainly one area worthy of study.
Then it was timed for the second offering of Data Modeling for OLTP Developers. This was a fairly lightly attended session -- seven people! -- but the attendees seemed to take to the material very well. To this point, only one evaluation has been filled out, but it was very generous.
After that session was over, I retreated to the Speakers' Lounge to exploit the free internet access there. I then returned to La Rambla de Catalunya to take in the nightlife there, as well as to pick up some souvenirs for the family.
And, yes, to take another drink from the fountain.
Tomorrow is the last day of the conference, and will kick off with (among other things) my Version-stamping of Database Objects talk. This is a demonstration of some proof-of-concept work I did last summer. My only concern is that this presentation may be less interactive than the delegates are expecting; I hope they're sufficiently excited by the topic that they'll forgive any one-sidedness which emerges.
I've got more pictures, but I'm going to wait until I'm back in the States to post them. I have a little bit of prep work to do for tomorrow's presentation. It's almost 11pm in Barcelona and I'm pretty tired, so I'm going to finish the prep and hit the hay.