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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 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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Quick Schema Auditing 29 Oct 2014
I was working on a demo recently and needed to show that a little monitoring can help you catch schema changes. At first I looked at SQL Audit and DDL Triggers, but then I ran across a short custom metric on the SQL Monitor Metrics site that my company, Red Gate Software, put up to […]

Triple Digits 28 Oct 2014
The salary surveys for 2015 look good for data professionals. The Robert Half results that appear in this piece show lots of salaries creeping well into the triple digits for annual salary in the US. Not only are the upper bounds over $100k for many data professional areas, but so are many starting ...

Default Framing–Window Functions 27 Oct 2014
I’ve been playing with the window functions in T-SQL a bit, and I find them very interesting. They certainly solve some problems very well, in a way that’s much easier than has been available in T-SQL. However there are some things you need to understand. One of these things is the framing of the ...

CI and CD Aren’t Magic 27 Oct 2014
I’ve been studying and talking with lots of developers and DBAs about Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery for a few years. Many technical people are excited about the possibilities and look forward to trying to automate their builds, their testing, and improving their software. ...

Avoiding a DBA’s Worst Days with Monitoring 24 Oct 2014
SQL in the City Abstract: When things go wrong with a database, it can be the start of the worst day of a DBA’s life. Join Steve Jones as he examines the problems uncovered by The DBA Team and how you can prevent them with proactive monitoring and in-depth knowledge of SQL Server. General ...