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Interview with John Deardurff

Continuing on with our #SQLSatNash Pre-Con Speaker interview series we start out this week before Christmas with John Deardurff. John is very active in the #SQLCommunity  Blog Twitter  John also is on the organizing team for #SQLSatIndy.


For over 15 years John has taught Microsoft SQL, Exchange, and Windows Server certification courses. He has been a database and networking consultant for over 20 years and currently holds over 40 Microsoft Certifications. He is a MCT Regional Lead for the Eastern United States and a Data Platform MVP.

John is giving us a great half-day.

SQL Fundamentals in only Three Hours

This course is intended for individuals with basic computer skills, familiar with concepts related to database structure and terminology, and who want to use SQL to query databases.

  • Connect to the SQL Database
  • Querying Data from a Single Table
  • Searching Data with a WHERE statement
  • Using Aggregate Functions
  • Sorting and Grouping Results
  • Retrieving Data from Multiple Tables

Who should attend this session?

Anyone who has ever been interested in getting a start writing SQL, but was not sure how. Absolutely no experience writing code is necessary for this session.

What is your favorite thing about teaching this session?

I’ve been teaching SQL Fundamentals for 18 years and I always get energized when someone gets excited about writing their first statement. It is the little light bulb moments, that make me want to teach.

What 1 piece of great advice do you wish someone would have given you when you first started your career?

You can’t do everything, learn to say no.

If you could go back and change the career path that lead you to where you are now would you?

Absolutely…NOT! Every step along the way has had a reason that led me to the next step. Even the backward steps somehow moved me forward.

John we know you are a master (trainer) of many SQL related topics. What’s an interesting thing you like to do that isn’t learning/teaching/traveling for or SQL related.

On the weekends, when I am not traveling, you can normally find me at the local pub being a karaoke rockstar. Surprisngly, I have never sung at a SQL event.