Checkout the PASS Web Site

Have you seen the PASS web site lately?  I'll have to admit that before today I had not looked at it in a long time.  To be honest, I was not all that impressed with it in the past.  But NOW.... WOW!  MUCH Improved!

As of this writing, it is still in "Beta" which I guess is the new, hip way to say "under construction".  I've noticed that the official Dilbert web site has been in Beta for months.  Wonder when they're going to consider it "Live".  But I digress.  If I understood correctly in the Volunteer session today, the PASS web site will be officially released out of beta this Thursday.  But you can check out lots of cool things right now.

For example, there are a handful of technical articles already posted in the Learning Center.  There is the PASS Blog, and there is also a directory of other SQL related blogs.  But perhaps best of all, also in the Learning Center, are all of the recorded sessions from the 2005 and 2006 Community Summits.  Sessions from 2007 are coming in January.  Remember, all of this is now FREE.  PASS Membership is now FREE.  Way Cool!  Back in 2006, I had to buy my DVDs of the recorded sessions (I think they were something like $199 if you ordered them while still at the Summit) and now its all free as a benefit to members.  And membership is free.  That used to be around $100, too.

PASS is really making an effort to provide value beyond the annual conference, and I applaud every step they have taken.


posted @ Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:50 PM

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