Dear reader, I have been remiss. This has been widely noted on SQL Server blogs, but I've failed my geek duty to report it here. MSDN has announced a series of SQL Server 2005 webcasts. There are a lot of them available and they are free. You do have to register for them. They cover a wide array of topics from beginner to intermediate levels. If you work with SQL Server or are planning to do so and are interested in the version to be released next year, then you should definitely sign up for one or more of these. Besides, they are giving away an XBox .