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Regular Columnist: Steve Jones

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My background is I have been working with computers since I was about 12. My first "career" job in this industry was with network administration where I became the local DBA by default. I have also spent lots of time administering Netware and NT networks, developing software, managing smaller IT groups, making lots of coffee, ordering pizza for late nights, etc., etc. For those of you interested (or really bored), you can check out my resume.

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vNext 2016

Steve Jones looks at the next version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2016. Until this week, it was known as vNext.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Can Auditing Fail?

It doesn't seem to be a feature that an auditing system can fail, but the application being audited continues to run.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 49 reads

Idempotent

There are all sorts of coding practices that produce better code. Steve Jones talks about one today.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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BUILDing the Future

Steve Jones talks about the BUILD conference and the future.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Complete Definitions

When we write scripts, we often assume many settings will be at some default value. When we generate scripts, that's not the case. Perhaps we should be sure that we always include the settings we expect.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 87 reads

Finding Problem Code

This week Steve Jones has a poll on performance tuning code. Since many people aren't experts, the answers this week might help them learn where to focus their efforts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 128 reads

Is It Time to Upgrade?

Today Steve Jones looks at the reasons for upgrading, or not, from SQL Server 2005.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Dig Out the Root Cause

Finding the basis for a problem is always the best solution.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Code Reviews

This week Steve Jones asks about a concept that he used early in his career: code reviews. It's a good practice, but it seems as though it's fallen out of favor with many developers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Security Through Chaos

A company Steve Jones knows uses a diverse network infrastructure to help provide security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Embrace Stored Procedures

Developers working with SQL Server should learn to embrace stored procedures. They really, really do work well.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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QA for Data

Often DBAs and developers might make quick data changes to correct user problems or application shortfalls. Steve Jones notes that we can make mistakes, and perhaps we should ensure we QA, or at least log, our changes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Opportunistic Hacker

Sometimes the crimes of opportunity might be the worst ones for our data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Monitoring After Deployment

This Friday's poll looks at the time after deployment. Can you tell if things were successful? Do you have a formal way to determine if the changes are causing issues?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Pre-built or Ad Hoc

Steve Jones talks about the ad hoc nature of some NoSQL databases and whether that's something that most users want.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Devil's in the Details

This week Steve Jones notes that the little details can sometimes have a big impact in your code.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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State v Migrations

Steve Jones talks a bit about the difference between state based and migrations based approaches for deployment.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Kanban

Steve Jones talks about organizing and tracking work with kanban and how that might help you.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Release Wednesday

One of the teams at Red Gate is releasing new changes every Wednesday, which reminds Steve Jones of a time earlier in his career.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 67 reads

Microservices for Databases

The idea of using microservices is gaining traction, but Steve Jones notes that the issues of databases might prevent adoption for many applications.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/04/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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