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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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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.
Everyone tests their code, but most people use ad hoc, non-repeatable testing with simple queries. This session will show you how to begin implementing testing into your development process, giving you a growing library that improves code quality.
Come to this session to see how you can create a more efficient database development platform by integrating your VCS with SQL Server. In real-time, you’ll see how versioning, branching, merging, and the other manual tasks you hate can fade away with

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Basic XML Node Query–#SQLNewBlogger 30 Jun 2016
  Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I saw a question recently about querying an XML document. Certainly avoid this in the database if you can, but there are times you need to. Rather than link to the ...

Monitoring and Alerting 30 Jun 2016
Monitoring your systems is important. It’s not just me that thinks so, as plenty of experienced DBAs and developers know the value of monitoring. Heck, most people have learned to build some sort of metric collection into their software. Azure makes it easy to instrument your application and ...

The Desktop Rebuild–Part 3 29 Jun 2016
This is the last part of this series, at least for now. If you haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, feel free to check them out. After I got through Part 2, I was working again. In fact, I continued to chocotaley install a few things, but for the most part, I could get…

Come to IT/Dev Connections–July Sale 29 Jun 2016
You can register for IT/Dev Connections in October and save this weekend with the July Sale. Use code: JULYSALE. I’ll be speaking, though I’m not sure which sessions will be chosen. This year the conference is going to be on Oct 10-13 in Las Vegas at the Aria, which is a great hotel and ...

Email or Username 29 Jun 2016
Quite a few of us will work with application databases where we need to identify a particular user for working with the various parts of the application. I’m not talking about the authentication and verification of identity, but just having a token to identify a user once they’ve been ...