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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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Pluralsight is Amazing

Steve appreciates his Pluralsight subscription.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/12/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Can Data Save the World?

The authors of Freakonomics talk data science.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/12/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/12/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Not Useless Features

There are some useless features in SQL Server, but Steve Jones wants to know which ones aren't and need investment.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/12/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Certifying Schools

Schools don't necessarily teach people how to code, but they could do a better job.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Relational Database is the Default

If you don't have a good reason not to, use a relational database. Always.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/12/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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We Need DevOps for Performance

CosmosDB has ways to tune performance based on throttle metrics. We probably need some DevOps style feedback and adjustment for relational systems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Practice Until You Don't Get It Wrong

We will all make mistakes, but practice can help reduce the errors we cause.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/27 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Most Wanted Upgrade

This Black Friday Steve wonders what hardware you might desire.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Pressure to Perform

Steve Jones wonders how things might be different is developers were treated more like salespeople with quotas.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Avoiding Development Taxes

Anytime we adopt a new technology, framework, platform, language, etc., we will pay a tax in development output.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Bots

Bots might be the new way to access data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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We Really Need Better Security

Some disturbing security issues reported this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the SQLServerCentral staff.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SOS

The new cross platform tool for SQL Server has a funny acronym.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Who Owns the Data?

The Microsoft battle to avoid moving data across country borders is interesting.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Importance of Clear Data Displays

An accident on a ship is being blamed on unclear data visualization.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Exporting Custom Messages from Sys.Messages

Learn how to get your custom messages from an existing instance and add them to a new instance.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sys.messages
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Start Fixing Your DB with Better Code

The best way to improve your database performance is with better code. We all know that, but few of us actually end up making those changes.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Looking Back at the Summit

Steve Jones looks back at the PASS Summit from last week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2017/11/06 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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