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.

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Implementing Continuous Integration in Redmond 24 Apr 2015
On May 15, 2015, Redgate Software and one of our partners, Northwest Cadence, will be presenting one of the DLM Training Workshops I helped build in Redmond, WA. I’m excited to be traveling up to WA for the event and helping support Dan Wood as he delivers the training on Continuous ...

Code Reviews 24 Apr 2015
When I first started to be paid money to write software, I worked on my own. I had to test my own code, decide when it could be deployed, and make the decision to deploy it. I had to notify users, and over time, I had to delay deployments because my mistakes would stop a […]

Searching for Plans 23 Apr 2015
Today’s editorial was originally published on Sept 13, 2010. It is being re-run as Steve is away at training. I was re-reading Conor Cunningham’s “Does Join Order Matter?” recently and found this quote in the post that stood out. As an aside, read this post. It’s ...

Security Through Chaos 22 Apr 2015
This editorial was originally published on June 16, 2005. It is being re-run as Steve is away at training. I can’t really disclose who told me this, or at which company, but I found it very interesting. Recently there was a worm that rolled through a large number of Windows systems on the ...

The Lineup 20 Apr 2015
Can you pick me out?   Filed under: Blog Tagged: Humor