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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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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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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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VMs are not VMs

Today Steve Jones talks about how database VMs are not like other VMs.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Documenting with Tests

The idea of using more unit tests to improve code quality has been around for some time. However Steve Jones notes today that some people use tests for documentation.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Opening Up Data

Tim O'Reilly, head of O'Reilly publishing, has been an advocate of better date movement in the world. Steve Jones has a few comments on an interview he gave earlier this year.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Native Audits

This week Steve Jones asks if you're using the SQL Audit feature built into SQL Server.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Boring or Scripting

There is no shortage of mundane tasks at work. Steve Jones notes that you might not want to depend on those to fill your day in the future.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Service Pack Fiasco

The recent SQL Server 2014 Service Pack fiasco wasn't the first, but hopefully it won't be the last.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How Virtualized?

This week's poll asks about virtualization in your environment. Let us know if you are moving your SQL Server to virtual machines.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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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
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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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Testing Simple Calculations and UDFs with tSQLt

This article will give you a basic look at how you can test your user defined functions with the tSQLt framework.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/05/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: tsqlt
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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
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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
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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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