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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: August 2014

I did my part – Helping others

Let’s raise some money, people.

TL;DR Donate to Doctors Without Borders, the Argenis Without Borders campaign.

What started out as a joke has grown, and we’re really looking to raise some money for this charity. I did my part

I started shopping, and I’ll be rainbow decked for the… Read more

0 comments, 5,394 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 28 August 2014

Better Presentations–Hide those Windows

This is part of a series of tips for speakers to make your presentations better.

I wanted to give some specific SQL Server presentation items that have bothered me recently. These aren’t big things, but they do cause problems for attendees, and that might mean the difference between someone learning… Read more

8 comments, 7,287 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 August 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

A few friends challenged me yesterday, including Grant Fritchey and Aaron Bertrand. Last night, when I got to the Denver SQL Server User Group meeting, Todd Kleinhans was ready to take the challenge and asked if I’d participate.

I was speaking, but happy to do it afterwards. Here we… Read more

1 comments, 1,304 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 August 2014

Updating tsqlt

I was looking to write a new test with the tsqlt framework recently. I wanted to isolate a stored procedure’s logic and planned on using the FakeFunction procedure available in tsqlt.

I wrote my test, using a template from the Pluralsight course on tsqlt and the documentation. I tried to… Read more

0 comments, 1,225 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 August 2014

SQL in the City 2014

It’s official, we have a couple 2014 SQL in the City events scheduled, covering two countries this fall. Both events are packed into a short time (less than two weeks), so Grant and I have quite a bit of travel ahead of us.
Once again we’ve divided up the…

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0 comments, 1,321 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 August 2014

Playing with Pivot

I’ve been working on some skills, trying to grow some of my T-SQL, and started to mess with the PIVOT operator. This is a T-SQL construct that helps you turn row data into column data. It’s part of the SELECT query, and comes about in the FROM clause. There… Read more

2 comments, 8,183 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 18 August 2014

MS14-044–Security Alert for SQL Server

I just saw this, but you should be aware. There’s a potential Denial of Service/Elevation of Privilege bug in SQL Server. Here’s the bulletin:


There are QFE and GDR patches for versions since 2008, but you need to read carefully to determine which one to install on your systems. Read more

0 comments, 757 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 August 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #57–SQL Family and Community

It’s T-SQL Tuesday time again. After missing two months with my sabbatical, I’m back.

The topic this month is hosted by Jeffrey Verheul and it is SQL Family and Community. That’s a topic near and dear to my heart, and I’m glad to participate this month. Jeffrey asks: How… Read more

2 comments, 702 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 August 2014

Do We Care?

Today’s editorial at SQLServerCental is entitled: We Don’t Care about Data and IT Security. It’s by Brian Kelley (author, blog, twitter), and I think it’s worth a few minutes of your time to read.

It’s aimed more at executives, and certainly talks about the disconnect… Read more

0 comments, 556 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 August 2014