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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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Up, Up, and Away 26 Aug 2016
I’m leaving tonight. Not forever, but for a couple of weeks. While that’s not a big deal for many people, I’ve rarely been away from home for more than a week. My longest business trips have been 11 days. Short, … Continue reading →

Better Coding 25 Aug 2016
When the census was last taken in the US, it was still mostly a paper affair. My wife and I sat down with the form, filled it out, and mailed it back to the US government. While much of the … Continue reading →

SQL Saturday–Viking Edition 25 Aug 2016
I’m off to the Viking Ship Museum for SQL Saturday #532. Actually, the Viking Museum will (hopefully) be a side trip on Friday before the actual event. The actual training will be at the Noroff campus in Oslo. This is … Continue reading →

Output into a Table–#SQLNewBlogger 24 Aug 2016
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I often see people struggling to use triggers for auditing, or having issues with building them to handle multi … Continue reading →

The Future for Database Administrators 24 Aug 2016
I’ve been working in technology for over 25 years. As I look forward in time, I suspect I have less time left in a data professional career than I’ve already experienced. That’s fine, and while I don’t plan on retiring … Continue reading →