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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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On the Go 29 Jul 2014
So much for limiting events. There was a time in May when I had nothing scheduled as far as speaking goes. Now I have 12 events, and 9 trips in the pipeline. At least a few are local, with just an hour or so drive to speak. Crazy and I still need to plan a […]

One a Week 29 Jul 2014
When Andy Warren and I first talked about SQL Saturday after the initial event in Orlando, we joked about whether we could have twelve events in a year, one a month. It seemed like a stretch goal, after all, how many events can you actually put on where the attendees don’t have to pay? The ...

Frustration with Bad Design 28 Jul 2014
This is not how you handle things. When you find security issues, and they don’t get fixed, it’s one thing to attempt to prove a point with a PEN test. It’s quite another to publicly expose information. You might find yourself in trouble, and you should be in trouble. This is a ...

Summer, Summer, Summertime 25 Jul 2014
It’s getting close to the end of summer, at least for my family. The kids start school activities and sports on Aug 11, so we’re just a few weeks away from me starting to wake up early each day and move them around. It’s been an amazing summer for me, one that I never would ...

Quick Tips–SQL Prompt Custom Aliases 24 Jul 2014
I love SQL Prompt, and think it’s a great productivity tool. Even before I worked at Red Gate, I love the tool and had a copy before Red Gate bought the technology from the original developer. Recently I’ve run into a few people that weren’t aware of some of the ways in which it ...