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

Jan 23, 2019

I think the cloud is a perfect place for a data warehouse. In many organizations, I've found that a data warehouse system is often the largest SQL Server database, both in size of database and also in terms of resources allocated. These systems often handle many complex queries for business users and are allocated a...


Jan 22, 2019

Last year when Daylight Savings Time moved clocks back, I was wondering how the time change might affect different devices and situations in the world. One area that I wondered about was medicate and health care devices. While I'm sure most (hopefully all) medical device software developers have thought about this,...


Jan 18, 2019

I saw an article on the security at various Department of Defense facilities that control the ballistic missile systems in the US. It's interesting reading, especially if you want to shake your head at bad practices. I think this article summarizes just how quickly the digital world has grown faster than the ability...


Jan 17, 2019

One of the biggest complaints from developers about RDBMSs is that they are inflexible and hard to change. This has led to many developers in the past using existing fields for a variety of purposes, sometimes putting data from multiple places into one field. In more recent times, this has led to adding or...


Jan 16, 2019

The other day I got a Github issue that asked if we should set our dates as YYYYMMDD in the new SQLServerCentral site. The issue noted that there were some inconsistent dates. Article dates are in a similar format, YYYY/MM/DD, but we do have some DD MMM YYYY and a few places where I think the American MMBBYYYY...