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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.
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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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Hooks 29 Aug 2014
I read this sentence recently, and it really caught my eye, mostly because I’ve rarely seen hooks being built into the software systems that I’ve written, or that have been deployed to my production systems. “A quick chat with your Operations team should convince you of the ...

The Time Machine: Four Things I’ll Tell Steve Jones 29 Aug 2014
I was tagged by Mike Walsh recently in a blog post he wrote about 4 Attitudes he wished he’d had earlier in his career. It’s always interesting to look back at the past and think about how things might have been different. It can also be instructive for others to see what you’ve learned and ...

I did my part – Helping others 28 Aug 2014
Let’s raise some money, people. TL;DR Donate to Doctors Without Borders, the Argenis Without Borders campaign. What started out as a joke has grown, and we’re really looking to raise some money for this charity. I did my part I started shopping, and I’ll be rainbow decked for the ...

Reverse Engineering Disasters 28 Aug 2014
If you are responsible for managing systems, you should have some sort of disaster recovery plan. Even if you are only managing the one system you carry with you on a regular basis, you should ask the question: What would it take to destroy this data? It’s a good question, and in the post ...

Better Presentations–Hide those Windows 26 Aug 2014
This is part of a series of tips for speakers to make your presentations better. I wanted to give some specific SQL Server presentation items that have bothered me recently. These aren’t big things, but they do cause problems for attendees, and that might mean the difference between someone ...