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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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The Case for Upgrading 03 Sep 2015
I heard from a member of the community that’s still on SQL Server 2005 recently. Yes, 2005. That’s an old, unsupported version, but they’ve got some Access/VBA apps that work well and aren’t worth investing a lot of development effort in. The person noted that they could ...

Growing Pains for the Networking Dinner 03 Sep 2015
A few years ago Andy Warren had this idea for a networking dinner. We had been chatting about all the parties and events at PASS, with many of them limited to select individuals. We talked about trying to get more people involved in the community and giving them something to do, so they ...

Better Test Data Domains with SQL Data Generator 01 Sep 2015
I’ve been working more with SQL Data Generator (SDG) because it solves some problems that many software developers have with test data. Often each developer needs to create their own set of test data, with these being the common actions: Use a backup of production, perhaps old. Randomly insert a ...

Software Estimates 01 Sep 2015
We really stink at estimating the amount of time that we’ll spend on building software. However I’m not sure that we’re much worse off than many professions. If you ask a doctor how long it takes to get better, do they know? They do in some small, often seen, well documented ...

Upgrading a SQL Azure Database to v12 31 Aug 2015
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I was looking to test some of the Azure v12 capabilities, but I needed to upgrade a database. Here’s a quick look at how. In the old portal, you’ll see your databases. I love ...