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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.

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SQL in the City 2014 19 Aug 2014
It’s official, we have a couple 2014 SQL in the City events scheduled, covering two countries this fall. Both events are packed into a short time (less than two weeks), so Grant and I have quite a bit of travel ahead of us.   Once again we’ve divided up the sessions into administration for the ...

Artist or Scientist 19 Aug 2014
Which are you, an artist or a scientist? If you automate, you’re the latter. If you are a scientist, you can go on vacation. You can be more productive. People can count on you. You get things done quickly, consistently, and reliably. Everyone knows what to expect when you’re done with ...

Disconnecting Auditing 18 Aug 2014
We know security is becoming more and more of a topic for IT professionals. As we realy more heavily on our computer systems, we have to be sure that the information contained in them is secure. We know that we can’t necessarily anticipate and protect the applications from every attack, but ...

Playing with Pivot 18 Aug 2014
I’ve been working on some skills, trying to grow some of my T-SQL, and started to mess with the PIVOT operator. This is a T-SQL construct that helps you turn row data into column data. It’s part of the SELECT query, and comes about in the FROM clause. There is an article on MSDN to […]

The Next Generation 15 Aug 2014
I was sitting in a Women in Technology luncheon recently when one of the other attendees talked a bit about her career. She said it had been filled with long hours, late night calls, stress, and plenty of other negative events. Although it had been a good career for this lady, challenging, ...