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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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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
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 76 reads

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
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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
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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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The DBA Team Wants You!

There's a new contest going on, giving you the chance to win some software, SQL training, and a vacation, all at once.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Misconfiguration is a Problem

The configuration of server systems matters. Not just to ensure software runs smoothly, but also for security.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Prepping for 2015

Steve Jones looks ahead at the new year and how you might want to begin shaping your career.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Estimates

Software estimates are often wildly off from the actual amount of time and resources that are required. Today Steve Jones looks at a few reasons why.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
Rating: (not yet rated) |  Discuss |   Briefcase | 164 reads

No Compelling Reason

Steve Jones wants to know if you have compelling reasons to upgrade or not upgrade this week.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Advice for Steve Jones

Steve Jones has some advice for a younger him.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2014/09/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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