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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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Just a week to SQL Saturday in Pensacola 26 May 2016
Next week is  SQL Saturday #491 in Pensacola. I’ll be there, along with a number of other great speakers. It’s free SQL Server training, and a great place to vacation. There are a couple pre-conference sessions available as well if you are looking for some training.Filed under: Blog Tagged: ...

A Basic Recursive CTE and a Money Lesson 25 May 2016
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. When I was a six or seven year old, my Mom asked me a question. She asked if I’d rather have $1,000,000 at the end of the month, or a penny on day 1,…

Changing Your PASS Credentials 24 May 2016
I got an email today from PASS, noting that credentials were changing from username to email. That’s fine. I don’t really care, but I know I got multiple emails to different accounts, so which account is associated with which email? I clicked the “login details” link in the email and got this: Not ...

Recharging 24 May 2016
It’s that time of year when many people take vacation and get away from work for a bit. I’m going to join in, taking a few days off this week. I was off yesterday, with family in town for my middle son’s high school graduation. The extended family is leaving, but this week my wife,…

The Clustered Index is not the Primary Key 24 May 2016
I was reading through a list of links for Database Weekly and ran across this script from Pinal Dave, looking for tables where the clustered index isn’t the PK. It struck me that this is one of those facts I consider to be so simple, yet I constantly see people confusing. If you click ...