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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.
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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.

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The Flash Database 23 Aug 2014
I caught this piece on the impact of flash storage on database engine design this week. It’s interesting as there’s been debate for years as to whether SQL Server should alter its behavior if it detects SSDs being used for storage instead of physical disks. It doesn’t, and perhaps ...

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 22 Aug 2014
A few friends challenged me yesterday, including Grant Fritchey and Aaron Bertrand. Last night, when I got to the Denver SQL Server User Group meeting, Todd Kleinhans was ready to take the challenge and asked if I’d participate. I was speaking, but happy to do it afterwards. Here we are: I ...

Production Subsets 22 Aug 2014
Continuous delivery recommends developers never use production data. It’s too big, too cumbersome, and slows the process too much. Developers should have enough data to determine if their solutions work as they build them. Testing should have enough to do some tuning, but unless you plan on ...

Bronze Age Development 21 Aug 2014
I was watching a presentation on testing recently where the speaker noted that on one project he’d spent twice as much time testing as coding. That sounds like an outrageous amount of time, but my concern was tempered when he said the release to production produced no bugs. I’m sure ...

Two in Two Days 20 Aug 2014
It’s a busy week for me. I’ve got quite a few articles to review, feedback to write for Stairway Series authors, review and changes of some PowerPoint decks for later this month, and two User Group presentations. This is on top of a busy first week of school in the household. I feel ...