If you haven't heard yet Microsoft Virtual Academy are running "know it. Prove it". This is a great opportunity to learn something new or extend your current knowledge in one of the 8 topics available. 



The Know it. Prove it. challenge is a month-long learning binge to accelerate your skills on the tech topic of your choice. Join the community, commit to the challenge, share your progress, and make February the month you perfect your tech chops.

Registration isn't open yet but you can sign up to be notified when it is.


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Friend of Red Gate (and .NET MVP) Mitchel Sellers will be hosting it for us alongside Red Gate's APP product manager Ben Emmett. We're running it in conjunction with LinkedIn group LIDNUG (LinkedIn .NET User Group) who have over 52,000 members so we're hoping to get a big list of people signed up! Feel free to sign up yourself or let anyone know who you think might be interested in registering.

Sometimes you've got to dig into the database to solve application performance problems. In this LIDNUG webinar, Mitchel Sellers walks through performance tuning best practices, and investigates how developers can use ANTS Performance Profiler to explore their application code and the SQL queries and execution plans behind it. If you want to identify bottlenecks and other performance issues across your whole application stack, this is a good place to start.

You can register for the event on Eventbrite using the link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lidnug-redgate-performance-tuning-net-sql-code-using-ants-profiler-tickets-14645512121 

If you fancy Tweeting about it then Micthel's hashtag is @mitchelsellers and Ben's is @bcemmett. Feel free to tag them!