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.
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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Where Do You Run Your R Scripts? 20 Oct 2016
I know most of you don’t work with the R language. In fact, plenty of you might not know anything about R other than a cursory understand of this as some sort of data analysis language. If you want to … Continue reading →

Creating a Logon Trigger–#SQLNewBlogger 20 Oct 2016
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. Suppose you want to audit logins for your SQL Server instance. There are multiple ways to do this, but … Continue reading →

Fun and Contests at Summit 2016 19 Oct 2016
I’ll be attending the 2016 Pass Summit as a part of the Redgate Software crew. I’m not speaking this year, so most of my time will be at the Redgate booth, showing you a few tricks and tips with products … Continue reading →

One Million 19 Oct 2016
Is a million writes/sec a large number? I guess it’s all relative, but I’d consider it a fairly large number. Our peak transfers for SQLServerCentral are in the hundreds/sec, though we’re not really a busy database server. Some of you … Continue reading →

DB CI: Getting Test Results in VSTS 18 Oct 2016
One of the things I struggled with a bit was getting test results to appear in VSTS from my builds. Here’s my original Build flow: However, when I’d run a build, I got this in the Build summary: That’s not … Continue reading →