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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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Software Engineering in Practice

Is there a need for apprenticeships in the data world? Should we consciously seek to view our first year as an apprenticeship? Should companies provide learning paths for new hires?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 49 reads

SSMS or SSDT

The question this week deals with tools. Steve Jones is looking to see which tools are preferred by most database developers.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 129 reads

Common Mistakes

This week Steve Jones is wondering what the common mistakes that T-SQL developers make are.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 242 reads

Microsoft and R

R is an interesting language and one that might become more important to data professionals in the future. Microsoft is also making an investment here.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Small Experiments in Data

Amsterdam is using data to try and improve their city.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Computational Biologist

A job Steve Jones has never heard of is using data to improve medical treatments.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Webinars

The SSC and Red Gate webinar archive.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: webinar
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Data Breach Danger

Is a data breach a danger to those identified in the data. A court says no, but Steve Jones wonders if this is a bad decision.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Worst Comments

Comments in code can be tricky, but certainly some are better than others. What are your bad examples?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Express Choice

This week Steve Jones wonders if you'd be willing to use Express edition in production situations.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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No State Based Deployments

Today Steve Jones talks about deploying your database changes, and how you can't ever really depend on a state based approach.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/03/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Small Leadership

Today Steve Jones talks leadership, and the value it can bring to your team if you display just a little of it.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Query Store

This week Steve Jones talks about the query store after an article was released describing it.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Building Small Habits

Today Steve Jones talks about development, and finding ways to make small changes that improve your code.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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DBA Skills: Striped Backup Video

Watch this short video on creating a striped backup for your database.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dba skills
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DBA Skills - Creating a Striped Backup

Learn how to create a striped backup in this short piece.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dba skills
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Making Plans

PASS President Tom Larock doesn't make long term plans. Steve Jones doesn't make long term plans. Do you?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Your Tools

In many occupations, workers invest in their own tools. However we rarely do that in technology.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Ship Safe...Ship Often

How can we ship safe, and ship often? Steve Jones has a few comments on the need for better engineering.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 71 reads

SQL Injection, Still?

We still have problems with SQL Injection. Steve Jones has a few thoughts on why.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/02/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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