4th - 7th May 2016

Liverpool

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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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Steve Jones has submitted 5 sessions for SQLBits XV, although the agenda hasn't been chosen yet. See all submitted sessions.

Pending Sessions

Protecting our data from unauthorized access becomes more and more important all the time, however it has been difficult to ensure sensitive data is encrypted in SQL Server. The new Always Encrypted feature in SQL Server 2016 makes this much simpler.
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 that 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.
SQL Server 2016 gives developers a number of ways in which they can protect their data. In this introductory session, you will learn about the encryption options in SQL Server 2016 and how each can be used to protect data.
Compliance and auditing are becoming more important characteristics for many databases and applications. This session will examine how SQL Server Audit can be used to track all changes and access on your SQL Server database.

Previous Sessions

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 that 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.

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Who’s Got a Preteen SQL Server? 05 Feb 2016
This year we will have the end of extended support for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft has been reminding people they should upgrade, which may be important if your organization requires support for the running software. Personally I think if you’re still running SQL Server 2005, and it works for ...

The New Operating System 04 Feb 2016
I often see pieces written about startup companies and the methods they use to develop software. Small companies often adapt quickly to new ideas and processes. However, many of us work in larger, more established corporations and don’t get the flexibility to change our processes. In fact, ...

Loading a Text File with a Line Feed 04 Feb 2016
Loading text files is a skill that probably every DBA needs. I know that the import wizard is available, but there are times that you might want to automate this without using SSIS. In those cases, it’s nice to know how to load data from a programmatic standpoint. I had the need to do this…

Queues in Databases 03 Feb 2016
I ran across this post, The Database as a Queue Anti-Pattern, and it struck a chord. I both agree and disagree with the premise, and certainly see this as another case of the “it depends.” However, I am curious what others think. I had just written about this for T-SQL Tuesday #74, ...

Maybe Security is Harder than Rocket Science 02 Feb 2016
I was giving a talk last year about software development and I made an off-hand remark that most of developers out there shouldn’t be writing authentication schemes for applications. My reasoning was that most people aren’t good at writing these systems and there are plenty of good ...