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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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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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Learn to Earn

Learning more about your craft can translate into more earnings, but it won't be easy.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/12/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Pressure to Compromise Ethics

There are always people that ask workers to deceive, defraud, or mislead customers. This is true for software developers as well.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Finally, Create or Alter

Today Steve Jones looks at the CREATE OR ALTER syntax, added in SQL Server 2016 SP1.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Hire the Right People

Today Steve Jones discusses the need to hire the people to do the tasks we need done, not the position we filled.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Monitor All the Changes

Today Steve Jones looks at the potential downfalls of monitoring every change without lots of filtering.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Joke Come True

SQL Server is finally coming to Linux, a joke from Steve for years.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving wishes from SQLServerCentral.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Wow. Just Wow

Today Steve Jones looks at the loss of a database backup on a public website.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A New Recovery Tool for Your Toolbelt

Learning a new skill is always helpful, especially for backup and restore. Steve Jones talks about an idea from the SQLCAT team.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Held Hostage by the Database

Does your database development process prevent changes in your software? You shouldn't be held hostage by your database.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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THE Database Engine

Today Steve Jones comments on the ultimate database engine.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Local Database Issues

Steve Jones talks about the issues with using a local database in your application.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Google Solution

Google had an interesting solution to managing their databases.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Go Code

Steve Jones wants more people to learn to code.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Server Hardware or Coffee?

Today Steve Jones looks at the relative cost of hardware and how we sometimes cause ourselves issues by not spending enough.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What's Your Backup Speed?

This week Steve Jones has a bit of a competition. Share with him how fast you can back up a 1TB database.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Analysis Services Lives On

The release of Analysis Services in Azure means the platform has a future.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/10/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Generating Our Own Bad Data

We depend on data quality to run our businesses efficiently. However, it's a problem when we mess that data up on purpose.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/11/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Summit Wrap Up

After a long week at the PASS Summit, Steve Jones looks back at the event.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2016/10/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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