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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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When Work Gets in the Way of Work

Work sometimes gets in the way of work. Steve Jones notes this can cause stress and problems over time.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Why Would You Move?

Most people prefer to work with the platforms that they are familiar with, but there is always pressure to try new, exciting technologies when others have success. Steve Jones explores the idea of switching platforms.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Mercenary

Steve Jones talks about making deliberate career choices, or just moving from place to place without any worry about the job. Do you care about what work you do? Or is it just a job?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Document, then Install

Should we declare what we want installed and then have every instance configure itself? Steve Jones talks about the need to ensure we know what is running before we install rather than documenting it afterwards.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 75 reads

Saving Hard Dollars

Data analysis can save money and resources, but it will certainly transform our world.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 83 reads

Fun Data Analysis

This week Steve wants to know if you'd have some issues when analyzing data and you've mistaken correlation for causation.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 132 reads

Continuous Delivery for Windows?

It seems as though Microsoft might be moving to a Continuous Delivery process for Windows 10. Steve Jones isn't sure that's a good thing, but it is interesting.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A T-SQL Code Testing Guide

Testing our database code is a fairly immature process for many of this, but perhaps we could build a guide that helps everyone learn to write better and more comprehensive tests.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Next Five Years

What is coming in the next five years for us? Steve Jones has a few thoughts.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Final Service Packs

Microsoft has released a final service pack for SQL Server 2008 R2, which many of you might want to install.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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You Can Still Vote for PASS

If you couldn't vote last week or didn't get a ballot, you still can. Please go to www.sqlpass.org and learn more.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 (first published: 2014/09/29) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: pass
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Challenge Yourself

How do you grow your career? Steve Jones has a few ideas on what you can do to both improve your skills and build your brand.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Database Checkups

It's important that you are watching your databases' health to be sure that you can make changes, as well as rollback patches when issues occur.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 187 reads

The Decline of SQL Server

The popularity of SQL Server seems to be high, but there might be reasons to be concerned.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/10/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Is SQL Server Mature?

This Friday Steve Jones is wondering if the SQL Server platform does the job well enough for most people, or are there holes that need to be filled with new features.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Value of Data

Data can be valuable, and there's a new book that compares the value of data today to that of oil in the previous century. Steve Jones has a few thoughts on why we should consider this to be the case.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Testing in Production

The Apple fall keynote recently didn't work as planned, and it seems as though their systems weren't tested well enough.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Watson Freemium

IBM has released a free version of its Watson service to help people perform analytics on their data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 99 reads

The Ten Commandments for DBAs

What should a good DBA do? Steve Jones came across a list he likes that showcases those things that should guide your efforts on a daily basis.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Automate Yourself to a Coffee Break

A DBA should be working to automate their tasks, and find time to do things that are really important. Like keeping their coffee cup topped off :)  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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