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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Encryption in Colorado Springs – Encrypting in the Application?

Last night was my annual presentation at the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group. I try to make sure I get down there at least once a year, and it’s been only once a year for the last few years. Far too busy, and I’m sorry for that, but I… Read more

0 comments, 130 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 November 2014

Practical Problems with CI

I agree. Continuous Integration has issues in the real world, at least it probably does in many companies. The more tests you have, the more likely you refactoring or changes will break something. The more things break, the more people will look to leave them alone, deferring the "fix"… Read more

2 comments, 111 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 November 2014

SQL Konference 2015

My first speaking date of the new year is scheduled. I’ll be at the SQL Server Konference 2015, near Frankfurt, Germany. Red Gate arranged things, and I’m looking forward to heading over and renting a car to drive in Germany.

And speaking, of course.

I don’t know the agenda… Read more

0 comments, 115 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 November 2014

T-SQL Tricks – Custom Templates

I wrote about the Template Explorer, which comes with the SQL Server tools and is visible in Management Studio (SSMS). It’s handy, but there are limited code items in there. What if I want more?

That’s easy. Suppose I decide that I often need to create procedures with the EXECUTE… Read more

1 comments, 143 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 November 2014

Use -eq in Powershell

I was writing a quick script to work with files and I only wanted to process one file for each execution of a loop. I could have done this multiple ways, but I threw this together:

$fileEntries = [IO.Directory]::GetFiles(“d:\placeholder”);
$delete = 1;
foreach($fileName in $fileEntries)
{
if ($delete = 1)
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0 comments, 133 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 November 2014

T-SQL Tricks – Templates in SSMS

There are lots of little tricks that you can use to become more proficient, and efficient, at writing T-SQL. Here’s a short one that might be more for administrators, but I think for developers it’s very handy as well.

SQL Server tools have included templates for years. I first started… Read more

0 comments, 220 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 November 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #60 – Something New Learned

It’s been five years, and that’s amazing. Not many things last for a year, much less five, but the T-SQL Tuesday party, started by Adam Machanic (B|T)., has been amazing and lots of fun for me.

This month, Chris Yates hosts and his theme is Something… Read more

1 comments, 178 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 November 2014

Expected Variables–T-SQL Testing

After I wrote about creating tables that contain the results I expected, I wondered if I could do the same thing with variables. I was thinking that I’d like to better self-document my tests, and I’d like to be able to do this:

declare @TimeElapsed.Expected int = 25;

It turns… Read more

0 comments, 180 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 November 2014

PASS Keynote–Dr. Rimma Nehme

I missed the PASS welcome, but I did arrive to see Cloud Databases from Dr. Rimma Nehme.

We begin with a few references to Dr. DeWitt, who has given amazing keynotes. It’s a tough act to follow, but Dr. Nehme goes in her own direction. Dr. Nehma is highly… Read more

1 comments, 3,517 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 November 2014

Wednesday PASS Keynote–Microsoft

We open with video, quite long. It’s two parts. The first being a community thanks and embracing of the community. Perhaps a little cheesy, but I do like that executives at Microsoft realize this isn’t just a conference where workers show up and learn. It’s a closer knit community.

The… Read more

0 comments, 160 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2014

Wednesday PASS Keynote–Tom LaRock

We’re live at the opening keynote for the PASS Summit, on Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014. Tom LaRock opens the conference learning with a welcome to everyone, those here in person, and those at home watching on PASS TV.

Tom introduces the board, and say they’ll be in the Community Zone,… Read more

0 comments, 140 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2014

Multiple AGs

Today was my pre-con with Allan Hirt on AlwaysOn. It was great, and I learned a few things. I knew a bit about AGs, but Allan has a ton of experience, and he talked about some architectural things that I didn’t understand.

We had virtual labs, which worked flawlessly. I… Read more

2 comments, 159 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2014

Setting Expectations–T-SQL Testing

I don’t know who started this pattern, as I’ve seen it in a few places. It could have been Sebastian Meine or Dennis Lloyd. Maybe it was Dave Green, who did the Pluralsight course on tSQLt. Not sure, but I like it.

If I’m looking to set up a… Read more

0 comments, 191 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2014

Quick Schema Auditing

I was working on a demo recently and needed to show that a little monitoring can help you catch schema changes. At first I looked at SQL Audit and DDL Triggers, but then I ran across a short custom metric on the SQL Monitor Metrics site that my company, Red… Read more

2 comments, 176 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 October 2014

Default Framing–Window Functions

I’ve been playing with the window functions in T-SQL a bit, and I find them very interesting. They certainly solve some problems very well, in a way that’s much easier than has been available in T-SQL.

However there are some things you need to understand. One of these things is… Read more

2 comments, 5,475 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 October 2014

Off to London

Today I’m off across the Atlantic again. SQL in the City 2014 kicks off in London and I have 3 talks to give on Friday. Plus a keynote.

Today is keynote practice, last minute packing, and then off to the airport for my flight overnight to London. This will be… Read more

0 comments, 174 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 October 2014

Learning Options in Seattle Next Month

The 2014 PASS Summit takes place next month. Actually a few weeks, on Nov 3-7, 2014 in Seattle. While many people attend the conference, there are some additional options for learning that you might think about in addition to the conference itself. While the conference is great, getting deeper dives… Read more

2 comments, 159 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 October 2014

Networking at the PASS Summit

The 2014 PASS Summit is coming up in a few weeks and thousands of SQL Server professionals will be coming to Seattle for the event. Many will arrive early, and many will be there for the first or second time in their careers.

Many of them will be that guy Read more

2 comments, 5,653 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 15 October 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #59–My Hero

It’s October, and another busy fall is underway for me. It’s also the second Tuesday, so it’s T-SQL Tuesday time again. The invite this month is from Tracy Mckibben, and it’s a neat topic. Not really a technical one, but a fun one that I like.

My Hero! is the… Read more

0 comments, 159 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 October 2014

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