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.

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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Controlling Alerts 20 May 2015
None of us likes to be on call for our organizations. Late night phone calls, especially for something silly like adding a new user to a system or rebooting a machine, can make for irritable employees in the morning. Too many nights in a row of problem calls, legitimate or not, and I’d argue ...

Refactoring Mistakes Are Why We Write Tests 20 May 2015
I wrote a short piece the other day trying to show how one can use tSQLt to test code. It’s a simple test built against a user defined function. It works well and when the test is run, it passes. Here was my code: ALTER function [dbo].[calculateEstimateOfReadingTime] ( @value varchar(max) ) ...

VMs are not VMs 19 May 2015
I was at VMWare recently. One of the main things that all of the SQL Server professionals that were there tried to emphasize is that SQL Server workloads are not like other workloads. The impact on the various host resources, the stress on the storage systems, these are fundamentally different in a ...

PostgreSQL v SQL Server 19 May 2015
A site that’s a comparison of the platforms. Certainly some good arguments being made, but (admittedly) biased towards specific workload items that the author uses. However, I agree with lots of the items listed. There are quite a few items, such as 1.1 and 1.2. Not ...

Why Test Table MetaData Tests with tSQLt 18 May 2015
I wrote at SQLServerCentral about using tSQLt to check table metadata. In essence we are testing the API of our table. However, since the table could change, and may need to, what’s the value of having a test fail if the table changes? In my mind, I don’t necessarily want to have table ...