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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.
Everyone tests their code, but most people use ad hoc, non-repeatable testing with simple queries. This session will show you how to begin implementing testing into your development process, giving you a growing library that improves code quality.
Come to this session to see how you can create a more efficient database development platform by integrating your VCS with SQL Server. In real-time, you’ll see how versioning, branching, merging, and the other manual tasks you hate can fade away with

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Hey Posh, Are My Services Running?–#SQLNewBlogger 01 Dec 2016
Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. In a previous post, I looked at escaping strings. The reason I needed to do this was that I … Continue reading →

Learn to Earn 01 Dec 2016
Could you double or triple your salary by learning more technology skills? Sure, and here’s a great story about someone learning PowerShell and dramatically increasing their earnings. This is a good read, looking at the journey of someone through their … Continue reading →

What’s the little popup window in #SQLPrompt? 30 Nov 2016
Awhile back I was working in SSMS and saw this window. It threw me off since I was trying to write some code and hadn’t expected it. I clicked Escape, Enter, a few things and was getting frustrated when it … Continue reading →

The Pressure to Compromise Ethics 30 Nov 2016
There have always been those that seek to defraud, deceive or mislead their customers. In order to do this, someone inside an organization has always been willing to pressure employees to compromise their ethics and morals. Construction companies may use … Continue reading →

Finally, Create or Alter 29 Nov 2016
There are lots of reasons to upgrade to SQL Server 2016, but this is the one for me. We finally get a CREATE OR ALTER statement in T-SQL. This not only makes lots of code easier to write, it means … Continue reading →