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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.

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DevOps 22 Jul 2014
The DevOps movement is supposed to promote a closer collaboration between developers, testers, operational people, and really anyone else that must help software gets build and deployed. The developers need to coordinate their needs and requirements with operational staff. They should work early on ...

SQL Bits XII 22 Jul 2014
Last week was SQL Bits in the UK, and it was a blast. I think this might be my favorite conference, despite the long trip for me to get there. This is my third SQL Bits, and each has been more fun than the last. This one was in Telford, which is NW of London, […]

Apologies to my CI for Databases Attendees 21 Jul 2014
I have to apologize to everyone that attended my Continuous Integration for Databases talk at SQL Bits. I ran over, a few demos didn’t work, and my machine flaked more than expected. I know those things happen, but I still need to apologize. While there were problems with my demos, I should have ...

Powershell Tips–Showwindow 21 Jul 2014
Looking for help is a pain in Powershell. I type something like help get-process execute this and I’m scrolling up and down. Things scroll off the screen and I have to muddle through, meanwhile, my code is at the bottom of the window. Even when things stop at the end of the page, like the […]

Quick Tips–SQL Prompt Aliases for Every Table 17 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 ...