4th - 7th March 2015

ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, London

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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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Out of Space 28 Jan 2015
I’ve used placeholders to ensure I don’t run out of space on my machines. That’s worked well, and usually I can delete a placeholder when I have an emergency, and then clean up the drive. However I got a low warning today when trying to do an iOS upgrade. I’d already removed ...

Normal Data 28 Jan 2015
I thought this was an interesting post: Your data is not normal. It talks about the fact that we often assume some normal distribution when working with data. We seem to think we can extrapolate, often in a linear fashion, based on past experience. We often use functions and write queries that tend ...

Time for Learning 27 Jan 2015
I was chatting with a friend recently about our careers and how much we have learned over time. We are both interested in continuing our education in technology and debated how we might proceed. I mentioned that I was thinking to spend some time following Colleen Morrow’s journey to pass the ...

Downloading SQL Saturday data 26 Jan 2015
I wanted to find out how many SQL Saturday’s I’d spoken at and how I ranked with others. I got a spreadsheet from Kendal Van Dyke at one point, but it was quickly out of date. However Kendal mentioned that there was an XML document on the site, and I looked. Sure enough, there is, ...

Deploy the Database First 26 Jan 2015
One of the patterns I’ve seen in some environments is people are trying to deploy changes rapidly to their database backed applications. That’s not news, but what is interesting is some of them are staging the deployment of the database changes first. Not as in I deploy database changes ...