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.
Steve Jones has submitted 4 sessions for SQLBits XIV, although the agenda hasn't been chosen yet. See all submitted sessions.

Pending Sessions

Continuous Integration (CI) is a well known process in the software development world, but it’s not often implemented with databases. Learn how to set up a CI process for your databases and test them on every check-in.
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.
SQL Server has a number of encryption features that allow you to better secure your data. This session will examine the basics of encryption and cover the various ways in which you can encode and decode your data to protect it.
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.

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.

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Minimal Meetings 27 Nov 2014
This editorial was originally published on April 24, 2010. It is being re-run as Steve is out of town at the PASS Summit. I read something the other day that struck me. It’s obvious, but I hadn’t really thought about it in that way before. If you invite nine people to a one hour ...

Consolidating Again and Again and Again 25 Nov 2014
This editorial was originally published on November 12, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is on holiday.  In reading about virtualization, one of the main things that drives its acceptance is cost. It’s the reduction in actual physical resources needed to run multiple servers that makes it ...

Placeholders for Emergencies 24 Nov 2014
A long time ago I worked in a large corporation where we managed lots of servers, each of which performed a variety of different functions. Some were Exchange, some SQL, some file servers, etc. and they would come and go at a frightening pace. We had monitoring in place, but we’d also have ...

How Often Does Production Drift? 24 Nov 2014
One of the new products that Red Gate Software is working on is SQL Lighthouse, which is designed to track and alert you on “database drift“, which are the changes in your schema. I hadn’t really heard the concept in the past, though I’ve found there are a few people using ...

Off 21 Nov 2014
I’m off for a few days. Actually, today and most of next week. I completed my achievement, getting all my vacation scheduled, and this one of those days. I also have most of next week off, so I’ll be taking time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday to relax a bit, and likely, work ...