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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: July 2008

Stored Procedures Reconsidered

Quite the debate going on from today's editorial: Stored Procedures Reconsidered. I chimed in late, and going on the "pro-sprocs" group. I think stored procedures are helpful, and a better idea, and most importantly:

Don't take that much more effort

You should be able to auto-gen trivial procs, and… Read more

0 comments, 588 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 30 July 2008

Database Weekly

At least this project is moving forward. We deployed a new design to the site this week, and turned it live this morning. Instead of altering the Dot Net Nuke framework that it was on, we built a new site, mostly because it's a fairly simple type of site and… Read more

0 comments, 546 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 July 2008

A Bad Karma Project

We've had a project underway to upgrade these blogs, moving to a newer version of Community Server, better skinned, etc. The project is scheduled to deploy in a couple weeks.

A couple weeks ago, I heard the project would be ready in a couple weeks. I've heard the same thing… Read more

0 comments, 648 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 July 2008

Building Better VMs

The other day I fired up my old desktop, intending to use it as background in the podcasts. It gave me a "Activate Windows" error for the W2K3 installation on there. I know I was thinking that I would use it as a file server, but downstairs it has no… Read more

0 comments, 310 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 July 2008

SQL Server 2008: Implementation and Maintenance, Beta Exam

I signed up for the SS2K8 beta exam, the maintenance and implementation one, and had it scheduled for this morning. I didn't really prepare or study at all, counting on the limited work with CTPs and Betas, as well as reading articles to help me out.

The beta format is… Read more

0 comments, 307 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 July 2008

The Business of Software

I missed it last year, but I just booked my flight for the Business of Software 2008. It's being held in Boston on September 3rd and 4th. I'm flying in on Tuesday, arriving at 4pm, dropping my bag off at the Hotel (I'm going to be at the Seaport)… Read more

0 comments, 197 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 July 2008

The First One

It's been a long time since I saw a vulnerability in SQL Server released. And to date, there haven't been any for SQL Server 2005, nearly 3 years after it's release in Nov 2005.

That changed today I saw a note from Secunia just some in: Microsoft SQL Server and… Read more

0 comments, 316 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 July 2008

Kindle Update - July 4th

I went away in the mountains for July 4th to a camping facility with the family. I was an unwired weekend, no computer, limited media, and a few books I'd packed along. And it was the first time that I wished I'd had a Kindle with me and it wasn't… Read more

0 comments, 262 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 July 2008

Is This a DBA Skill?

I saw an interesting note about how Intel is warning developers that they need to learn to program with multiple cores. They're saying 100 cores on a chip isn't far away. I'm sure there's a lot of truth here and it worries me. I think we'll see some really… Read more

0 comments, 209 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 July 2008

One More MVP (Doh!)

As expected, I forgot someone again in my MVP announcement. Last time I announced Kathi Kellenberger and Andy Leonard, forgetting Jacob Sebastian. This time I announced Michael Coles and Jeff Moden, but forgot Gail Shaw! MS doesn't make it easy to figure out who's renewed, so I kind of depended… Read more

0 comments, 202 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 July 2008

New MVPs

Today's the day that new MVPs are notified for Q3 and two longtime community members, Jeff Moden and Michael Coles, were awarded. I didn't see announcements on who dropped off, but I know of three people I see in the community often that are new.

Jeff has answered so many… Read more

0 comments, 236 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 July 2008