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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: October 2009

SQL Server Legend – Data Files and Threads

Someone was asking about using multiple data files recently to try and increase performance. I had answered that unless you had separate physical disks that it wouldn’t matter.

However then I remembered hearing something about threads and files for I/O. I tjhought this was a myth, but I wasn’t sure.… Read more

11 comments, 3,861 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 October 2009

Congratulations to John Magnabosco

Congratulations to John Magnabosco for being awarded as a Microsoft MVP. I met John last year at the Indy Tech Fest, and I’m looking forward to going back next year. We’ve corresponded regularly, and John was one of the people I picked to do some guest editorials here at… Read more

4 comments, 600 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2009

We can't all use duct tape

I read The Duct Tape Programmer from Joel Spolsky recently, and I thought he made some good points. Then I started to see negative comments, like this rebuttal from Jeffrey Palermo, and I had to go back and re-read the first article.

I still think that Joel makes good… Read more

1 comments, 678 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 October 2009

What I did on my vacation

I took a few days off recently to get a break from work. I've rarely taken time off since last winter, often working weekends, and I could feel the stress building. So I arranged for a few guest editorials and scheduled last Thursday and Friday off. My wife was sure… Read more

2 comments, 655 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 October 2009

Oovoo

We've been doing video conference calls for work through LiveMeeting for a few months. After two years of audio only calls, I have to say that the video was helpful. It adds to the meeting and it keeps me more focused. It's not great, and it's not like being there,… Read more

4 comments, 597 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 October 2009

Deprecating Objects - Feedback

I posted a note awhile back that it might be nice to be able to mark an object as deprecated. Then have the system remove it after some time, to allow us to prune out old data, objects, etc that clutter the system and make upgrades more difficult.

Someone suggested… Read more

2 comments, 313 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 October 2009

My Journey - Part II

This is part II of my journey to being a DBA. I was "tagged" by Jacob Sebastian, so I decided to make my entry. Yesterday's entry, Part I, looked at my education, and today I'll talk about my career.

Internship

I wanted some practical experience, and I thought… Read more

4 comments, 914 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 October 2009

My Journey - Part I

I've actually been meaning to write about my journey as a SQL Server professional, but kept putting it off. I was finally "tagged" by Jacob Sebastian, so I decided to make my entry. I'm not a huge fan of being tagged, but I'll participate in this one. I tend… Read more

2 comments, 1,099 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 October 2009

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