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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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The Development Lab

This week Steve Jones looks at hardware and the ways in which you might assemble a set of computers for building software.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Not Excited by Linux

Much of the community isn't excited by SQL Server on Linux.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Delaying Patches is Problematic

Many of our security issues come down to not patching software when there are updates available.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Writing the Correct Query is Important

Making simple mistakes in queries can have far reaching consequences.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Backup Data Security

We need better security for our data, especially for our choices in managing data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server is Getting More Popular

Today, Steve Jones looks at the popularity of SQL Server, which was named DBMS of 2017.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Your 2017 Goals

What are your goals for the year?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Securing Your Instances

This week Steve Jones looks at moving the port numbers of your instances for a bit of security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Number Security

Numbers are both very useful and also susceptible to all sorts of attacks when their domain is limited. Steve Jones looks at some issues occurring in today's world.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Salary Range

Today Steve Jones starts the year looking at salaries for developers and DBAs.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Will 2017 Bring?

Steve Jones looks ahead to 2017.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Looking Back at 2016

Steve Jones looks back at 2016 and the data events that were important.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Faster Versions and More Support

Even more support from Microsoft for SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Syntactic Sugar

Syntactic sugar doesn't necessarily help a platform, but makes it easier or more fun to work on.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The One Metric to Rule Them All

Measuring the performance of systems isn't always just CPU, RAM, and Disk IO. Today Steve Jones looks at business based metrics.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Changes are Coming to the SQLServerCentral Forums

SQLServerCentral is getting an upgrade, and Steve Jones has a few words.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/01/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL in the City 2016

SQL in the City 2016 kicks off today and Steve Jones has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Testing Coders

It seems that everyone has a different idea on how to interview people. Today Steve Jones looks at the technique of having someone improve some code in real time.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Fun Distraction

With the holiday season here, Steve Jones wonders what you'll do for fun away from work.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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First Class Jobs

This week Steve Jones examines the idea of making jobs in SQL Server, first class citizens.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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