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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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Artist or Scientist?

In your work, are you an artist or a scientist? Steve Jones knows we need to be both, but when is each appropriate?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How Much for a Laugh?

How much would you pay for a laugh? Maybe you'll donate to ensure that some of your SQL Server speakers will embarrass themselves at the PASS Summit.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Disconnecting Auditing

Currently we have system administrators responsible for securing our systems, including the auditing capabilities. However that's not the best way to ensure that we can protect our systems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Next Generation

Steve Jones wonders about the next generations of IT workers. Can we encourage more people to enter this field? With the supposed shortages of talent today and the poor reputation of IT positions, can we change the trend of fewer people entering IT?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Brittleness of Replication

Replication is a great feature in SQL Server, but it seems brittle. When things go wrong, they break quickly, and often severely. It seems that we have many features like this in SQL Server that are useful and handy, but receive very little attention as versions are released.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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One System to Rule Them All

Can a single piece of software work well for most situations? Steve Jones wonders if we're not attacking the problems of large software applications in the right way.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data is Not Always Enough

More data is better, but Steve Jones notes that even that isn't always enough to make decisions count for your organization.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Using Views

Views can be a great way to abstract away details for clients, but they can also make development much more flexible.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/08/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Monitoring for Non Existent Events

Many DBAs monitor for those events they expect to happen, either successfully or failed. However many DBAs wouldn't be aware of an event never occurring.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Elevation of Privileges

The elevation of privileges is a large security problem and Steve Jones discusses his fears. Would you know if someone successfully attacked your instance?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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One a Week

SQL Saturday continues to set records, and Steve Jones is amazed at the latest data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Summer, Summer, Summertime

This Friday Steve Jones has a poll about your summertime activities. What have you done away from work that was memorable?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Back from Sabbatical

After six weeks away, Steve Jones is back.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Decisions or Instinct?

Should decisions be made on instinct or with data?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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DevOps

The DevOps movement has Steve Jones excited.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Frustration with Bad Design

It can be frustrating to deal with poorly implemented systems, but Steve Jones notes that you can't take things into your own hands.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/07/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Frustration with Bad Design

It can be very easy for technology experts to get frustrated when they see bad design and practices, but you must be careful with how you go about trying to influence change.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/05/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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No Works of Art

Manual deployments and configuration of software is akin to creating works of art. Not exactly what Steve Jones would like to see if we are to practice software engineering.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/05/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Prompt Tip #4 - System Objects

A quick tip to help you get system object suggestions from SQL Prompt.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2012/05/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql prompt
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Farewell

The last editorial from Steve Jones before his sabbatical starts next week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/05/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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