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

Nov 24, 2017

I replaced the case on my desktop recently, though not without a few struggles. A damaged motherboard in the move, and then a DOA replacement caused me a bit of a headache while troubleshooting. Fortunately, I was able to get a few minutes with Glenn Berry to find the issues. Things are back up and running now, which...


Nov 21, 2017

When I first worked in an environment where multiple developers needed to release software, I found too many rules and constraints for smooth development. The process was developed by one person, or for one application, and somehow expanded to encompass all work being done in the organization. It was if we weren't...


Oct 27, 2017

When I started working with SQL Server, every server had what we'd call das-dee, or DASD (Direct Attached Storage Devices). These were hard drives inside the same physical case as the rest of the Windows computer. I've added lots of drives to various server systems over the years. As databases grew, we even had...


Oct 26, 2017

Is unstructured data a bad term? I saw some data professionals complaining about this, saying all data is structured. That's usually true. A CSV, even a ragged one has structure. XML and JSON have structure, even if it might vary node to node. Certainly our relational tables are structured and some formats can be...


Oct 24, 2017

There are some people that like working for an organization, sacrificing some compensation and flexibility for stability and security. Others enjoy the chance to experience constantly changing environments and a rich variety of projects at the expense of regularly searching for new work. Neither is necessarily better...