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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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A Clock With Benefits

Explaining how computers work can be hard for technical people, but it's important for us to help our clients, customers, and managers appreciate why building new software is hard.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/26 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Surfing

Steve Jones draws an analogy today between your career and time on the ocean.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Road to Success

The road to success is paved with cobblestones.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Your Portfolio

Putting together a portfolio allows you the chance to showcase what you're good at doing. Steve Jones thinks this might be a good thing for technical people.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Why Use Version Control?

Steve Jones has a story about what it's like to work with, and without, Version Control Systems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Mission Critical Deployments

Is a software deployment responsible for a plane crash? That's a scary thought.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Tally Table

The tally table is a valuable tool for a SQL Server developer, but how many of you understand how to create and use one?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Business Pressures

The business pressures can often change how we work, or even how we build our software. A few notes on Github from Steve Jones.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How many environments?

This Friday Steve Jones looks at the setup for your software pipeline. He's wondering how complex it is with how many separated environments.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Making Guesses

When working on a new database, Steve Jones hesitates to make too many guesses, or at least, too many exact guesses.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Gauges and Alarms

Are you a reactive DBA or a proactive one? Steve Jones asks you this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Deploy from VCS

Are you brave enough to redeploy your applications from a VCS? Have you really captured all your code?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Amateur Data Analysis

Learn how you can display information based on data to improve your career.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Security Payoff

An invitation to hack United's IT systems has resulted in vulnerabilities being found and hackers rewarded for disclosing the issues.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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No Downtime Deployments

Can you deploy your database changes without any downtime? Steve Jones has a few notes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Cloud Security Issues

The cloud is always going to be a challenge for security, but is it harder or easier than on premises? Steve Jones has a few comments.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Be Professional

Today Steve Jones talks about the impressions we make as career minded individuals.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/08/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Visualizing in Space

An amazing visualization of basketball players has Steve Jones encouraging you to find your own pet project and showcase some skills.   Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Hiring for Culture

Steve Jones discusses the decision to hire someone that fits in with your culture at work, and what that means.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What We Want and What We'll Pay For

The challenges of getting enough resources for our projects aren't always apparent.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2015/07/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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