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.

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Off to London 22 Oct 2014
Today I’m off across the Atlantic again. SQL in the City 2014 kicks off in London and I have 3 talks to give on Friday. Plus a keynote. Today is keynote practice, last minute packing, and then off to the airport for my flight overnight to London. This will be another quick trip, and although ...

Searching for a Laptop Bag 21 Oct 2014
I was in San Jose recently for the Silicon Valley Code Camp and when I picked up my backpack in the morning at the hotel, an edge caught on the desk and my zipper pulled loose. Not what you want to have happen when you’re transporting a laptop that you use for work. This has […]

When Work Gets in the Way of Work 21 Oct 2014
It seems I find myself in this situation more and more. I’ve got work to do at SQLServerCentral. There’s a constant stream of articles to edit, content to review and schedule, questions to build, and of course, writing these pieces on data related topics. That goes on 220+ days a year, ...

Anatomy of a tSQLt test 20 Oct 2014
I’ve been doing some work on testing database code, and working with the tSQLt framework. I really like the framework more and more, and want to continue to use it. The whole idea of testing is a bit immature in database code, and perhaps software in general, but at least the software people are ...

Why Would You Move? 20 Oct 2014
I was reading a thread on Quora about why SQL Server is chosen by companies, and another on StackOverflow about why Oracle is a good choice. As much as I sometimes joke about the Oracle RDBMS, I think it’s a solid platform, and certainly wouldn’t resist working with Oracle databases if ...