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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 Importance of Our Work

Work is important, and it's a large part of our lives, but Steve Jones notes we need to keep things in perspective.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The New DBA

Steve Jones has a new take on what it means to be a DBA.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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#SQLNewBlogger

Steve Jones talks about blogging today, how it can help your career, and how easy it can be to get started.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Challenges of Space

CSS Engineers at Microsoft are reporting more space issues with database systems. Steve Jones has a few comments.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Skill Supply and Demand

Finding staff with the proper skills can be a challenge, and it might be a reason why you choose, or remain with, a particular technology.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Rename Game

How often do you rename things? It seems to be more common for some than others.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Five Minute Refactoring

The debate over how to change code or solve a problem can create arguments that last for years. Steve Jones notes the idea of limiting debates to five minutes is interesting.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Practical Hekaton

Steve Jones is searching for anyone that is using In-Memory OLTP tables in production.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Archive Every Day

There are challenges with the large scale archiving of data. Steve Jones talks about rethinking this as a daily process rather than a periodic one.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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When Should We Be Cleaning Data?

Part of our job as a data professional often deals with the movement and cleaning of data. However, should we be trying to reduce the work we do? Move the burden to the application? Steve Jones has a few comments.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Architecture for Auditing

The way in which auditing is build into our systems isn't the best way to implement the practice.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Finding Production Drift

The changes made to production can be problematic at times. Steve Jones notes we can't prevent them, but we can look for them.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Your Job

Steve Jones has a few comments on what your job is as a technologist.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/06/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Statistical Analysis

This week Steve Jones asks the questions about advanced data analysis and statistics you might be using in your applications.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Memorial Day 2015

A short note on Memorial Day  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Hack Us

A challenge from United intrigues Steve Jones. How many other companies would make a challenge like this?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Hidden Patterns in Data

Looking at statistics and data to draw conclusions can be hard. Steve Jones comments on an interesting way of analyzing data from TED.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Naming Confusion

The naming of systems and other technological constructs is always a debate within groups. Steve Jones points out a few places where this might actually prevent mistakes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Awareness

This week Steve Jones looks back at the T-SQL Tuesday blog part and its theme of monitoing.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Controlling Alerts

Being on call is not much fun for anyone, but it can certainly be hard on those that receive lots of calls for systemic issues. Are there better ways to manage this?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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