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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

Archives: February 2008

New Benchmarks

There are new TPC-E benchmarks available for SQL Server 2008. And it's not even out!!!!

The 3rd place, the IBM entry, is the interesting one. Less CPUs and cores and getting close to the second place entry. 

I'm not sure what these benchmarks mean, especially the new TPC-E one, but… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 February 2008

The Launch

The launch event is tomorrow in LA and I'm not going, and find myself a little disappointed. There will be a Denver event on Mar 20 and I'm planning on going, but with kids out of school, we'll have to see how that goes with my wife.

I think it's… Read more

0 comments, 1,383 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 February 2008

The Advantages of Telecommutting

It isn't often that I see what the real advantages are, and I've been doing it so long that I almost take it for granted, but here's a look at my last 12 hours.

  • Tosing and turning in bed, sore back, alternating between chills and sweating as a fever came…

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0 comments, 1,336 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 February 2008

How Stable is SQL Server 2005?

I've been calling for Service Pack 3 and I've been debating the need, the criticality, and even the problems with the process. There's been an interesting debate with people both at SQLServerCentral.com, internal Microsoft people I know, and in the MVP forums. What's amazing to me is how many people… Read more

0 comments, 1,519 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 February 2008

A Welcome Delay

I get a bit of a delay in working on the set down in the basement thanks to the weather. It was beautiful today, nearly 60F and without much wind, so I did my semi-weekly podcast work outside, getting 4 done today that I'd previously written.

 Hopefully the wind wasn't… Read more

0 comments, 1,394 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 February 2008

Software Engineering

Some see this as a misnomer, or even an oxymoron. Many countries don't allow "engineer" to be a title for software because it's not regulated like engineering is. Some think it's a joke, given the state of software development, the constant missed schedules and problems.

Buck Woody wrote an interesting… Read more

0 comments, 1,078 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 February 2008

Is SQL Server Dead?

 Someone sent me this note about a talk they'd had at their user group and the guest speaker mentioned the following:


  • -SQL is not based on “computer science”.  He challenged us to come up with a “computer science” term to define a database table. No one could to his…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 February 2008

Change Data Capture

 I started working through some labs for my SQL Server 2008 class and one of the labs was on the new Change Data Capture, essentially an auditing action that allows you to tell what changes have been made to data in a table, including insertions and deletions.  You have to… Read more

5 comments, 1,143 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 February 2008

Do It My Way

Actually more it's "our way" as mentioned in Andy's post, and less my way than by committee these days with Red Gate and a few other people helping run the show here at SQLServerCentral.

That was a fundamental decision that we made early on in this business to do… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 February 2008

And then there was one

Windows 2008 RTM'd this week, which means that in a few weeks, at the February Launch event, there will be two products that are shipping and have RTM'd, leaving only SQL Server 2008 as a product that's not yet finished. And likely won't be for 6 months.

 Some people have… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 February 2008