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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Feb 22, 2018

I've been working through some of the GDPR legislation, trying to find ways to explain this more clearly to customers and ensure that our products make sense in light of this law taking effect. Redgate is focused in this area and not only do we need to ensure we are compliant, but we also want to ensure we are building...


Feb 21, 2018

Many of us that work with data will find requests and demands to import or export data at some point. Plenty of us have regular processes that perform these actions, and we may regularly troubleshoot or enhance these activities. In fact, I know some people have a full time, or nearly full time, position just...


Feb 20, 2018

Yesterday I republished an editorial from 2014 for the holiday. The topic was production subsets of data, which has been something that many data professionals have struggled with for years. Many of us have built scripts to delete, change, obfuscate, or alter production restores as a way of providing useful, but...


Feb 16, 2018

One of my goals this year is to really spend some time learning more about Extended Events (XE). I'm somewhat embarassed that almost a decade after their introduction in SQL Server 2008, I have a fairly rudimentary grasp of the system. I've watched talks from Jonathan Kehayias and Erin Stellato and others. I recognize...


Feb 15, 2018

I used to work in the restaurant business. I got started after my first year at college, landing a job waiting tables in a new hotel. It was eye opening for me to see just how stressful and difficult that job can be. However, I wanted to earn money and jumped at opportunities. When we needed room service waiters to...