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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.

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Hiring for Culture 29 Jul 2015
I’ve written in the past that I think that it’s important the hire people that get along with your group first, and with technical skills second. It’s not that technical skills aren’t important, but I think that fitting in with a team is more important. We can teach someone ...

Halloween at PASS–Donate for some fun 29 Jul 2015
This year’s PASS Summit will end on Oct 31, which is Halloween in the US. I’m sure lots of people will have some fun on Friday, though I also suspect we’ll see no shortage of people leaving early to get home to spend the holiday with families. A few of us in the #SQLFamily community […]

Password for SQL Server Service Accounts 28 Jul 2015
I wrote recently about my philosophy for service accounts, and wanted to add a few more thoughts. Security is important for our database servers. One of the loopholes that everyone should be aware of is that the service running SQL Server has complete control over the service and potentially if ...

Visualizing in Space 28 Jul 2015
One of the really interesting things that we are able to do as developers and DBAs is help find ways to analyze data for our clients and customers. Many of us might not have expertise in the actual areas that are represented by our data, the industry specific knowlege, but those of us that will ...

Culture Differences: US v UK 27 Jul 2015
This is a bit of an off topic post from the technical stuff, but there’s a bit of a tie-in, so stick with me. I had to get a tire fixed this morning. I actually owned a replacement tire, so I just needed someone to mount it on the existing wheel (the existing tire needed […]