Steve Jones

Steve Jones is currently the editor of SQLServerCentral, employed by Red Gate Software. Steve has been working with SQL Server for two decades at a variety of large and small companies. Steve has spent time as a hiring manager as well as a technical DBA, easily moving back and forth between these positions at different employers. He has managed Windows networks, functioned as a production DBA, development DBA, software developer, and DBA manager. His work has included start-up as well as Fortune 1000 companies in the power, financial, education, and software industries. He currently has his dream job managing the largest SQL Server community on the Internet from his ranch in Colorado and writes a daily editorial at SQLServerCentral.

Sooner or later some sort of disaster occur on your SQL Server instance. It might be the destruction of a server, the corruption of a page inside the database, or just the unexpected deletion of some data. When disaster does strike, will you be prepa
A look at binary data in SQL Server and full-text searching of the content of binary files.
Everyone wants a job they enjoy and look forward to working at each day. This session will present practical techniques for improving your brand and giving you the chance to interview for the job you want.
Building software is hard, and we often find that fixing bugs is expensive if they are not caught early. Continuous Integration (CI) has proven to be a valuable technique in improving software quality and this session demonstrates CI for databases.
tSQLt is a testing framework that is designed to help you write repeatable, isolated tests against your database code. In this session we will briefly examine the goals of testing, and introduce tSQLt with a variety of demonstrations.
Everyone wants a dream job that they enjoy going to each week. Steve Jones will give you practical tips and suggestions in this session that show you how to better market yourself in today's competitive world.

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The Hidden Patterns in Data 28 May 2015
There’s a great TED talk on statistics, and one I’d recommend you watch. However, it’s not so much the topic and data presented, but the way in which it’s presented and broken down that becomes interesting. If we ignore the topic, and just look at the analysis, a few  things ...

Visualizing the Tally Table 27 May 2015
I was reading Dwain Camps’ article on Time Slots and thought it was a very interesting solution to a problem I’ve had a few times. Getting time slots inside of a period that I want to query. If you have a similar need, or want to learn more, I’d urge you to read the article. ...

Who Am I? 26 May 2015
I saw Brent Ozar updating his About Me slide, and thought it was interesting. Not sure if I like what he’s done, but it’s different, which usually attracts attention. I updated mine last year, with some help from the people at Red Gate. Here’s my slide. No description of jobs, ...

Changing NULL to NOT NULL – Dealing with Data 25 May 2015
I wrote recently on how to alter a column in SQL Server from NULL to NOT NULL in a simple way. However I didn’t cover some of the cases where you have data in the column, or other restrictions that you might need to deal with. In this post, I want to look at a […]

Unit Testing in Philadelphia 22 May 2015
I’m helping teach a pre-conference session on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Microsoft office in Philadelphia. This is an all day, paid for event, that looks at how you can use a framework to write unit tests for your T-SQL code. We’re the day before SQL Saturday #390 in Philadelphia I ...