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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 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, 1,121 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, 7,271 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, 995 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, 794 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, 6,566 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, 689 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 October 2014

Final Prep for SQL in the City

I can’t believe this will be the fourth SQL in the City in London next week. It’s amazing to me that we’ve managed to build this great series of one day events that is so popular with SQL Server professionals.

I’m heading back to London next week, a quick trip,… Read more

0 comments, 920 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 October 2014

SQL in the City 2014 – Two countries in two weeks

I have had a fairly busy travel schedule the last few years. While I don’t love sitting on airplanes and being away from home, I do look forward to the events and seeing the amazing #SQLFamily and community we have for SQL Server. I’ve also learned a few tricks to… Read more

0 comments, 699 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 October 2014

Making Better Presentations–Practice

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

There’s one thing that makes a big difference for many speakers.


Practice makes perfect, but more importantly, practice develops familiarity. Everyone gets a little nervous on stage, everyone struggled to memorize their… Read more

2 comments, 842 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 October 2014

Testing your API

I think learning to better test our software, including the database objects, is one of the ways in which we’ll build better software applications in the future. Testing is a complex subject, but this is part of a series that looks at ways in which you can use tSQLt.


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0 comments, 779 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 October 2014