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.
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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Summit 2016–Setup 26 Oct 2016
Tuesday was the first real day of the Summit for me, and a long, all day event. First, a lovely breakfast with Micky Steuwe, during which she presented me with a lovely glass art piece she made herself. I’ll treasure … Continue reading →

Win a Year of Death Wish Coffee at the #sqlsummit 26 Oct 2016
One of the promotions this week at the PASS Summit from Redgate Software is a chance to run a year’s supply of coffee. This isn’t just any coffee, but the Death Wish Coffee, full of extra caffeine. Grant Fritchey loves … Continue reading →

Getting dbatools in Powershell 25 Oct 2016
I had the chance to watch dbatools in action recently at SQL Saturday Cambridge. I watched a presentation from Chrissy LeMaire (@cl) that was impressive in how easy she made a number of DDL type changes between instances. I decided … Continue reading →

Using TRY..CATCH in SQL Prompt 24 Oct 2016
I learned something new recently about SQL Prompt. I was working on documenting and experimenting with snippets and found a quicker way to write code. One of the things I think is great is to use the TRY..CATCH structure. I … Continue reading →

Monday Night Networking Dinner Tonight 24 Oct 2016
If you are attending the  PASS Summit, or even in the Seattle area, we have a SQL Server pro networking dinner tonight. This is at The Yardhouse on 4th Avenue. This is a buy your own event, but you’ll have … Continue reading →