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

Jun 15, 2018

This is probably a topic near and dear to the hearts of GrantBrentPaul #2 (White), and plenty other more well known speakers in the #sqlfamily community that often present on the topic of writing more efficient code. They do a fantastic job and if you get the chance to see any of these three, take it.

Recently I...


Jun 14, 2018

One of the debates I've seen over the last few months is about test data in development environments. As I've been preparing for and learning more about the GDPR, it seems that many companies are concerned about holding sensitive data in their development systems. I think it's a valid concern, and I've often had to...


Jun 13, 2018

For some reason, this came to mind: under the sea, under the sea. That's what I thought of as I was reading about Microsoft sinking a data center. There are probably jokes to be made about Microsoft and sinking, though they're less humorous as the company's stock price has risen quite a bit in the last few years

The...


Jun 12, 2018

When SQL Server added the ability to execute R code, the decision seemed to split the customer base into two groups. One group was impressed and thought the idea of executing R code to analyze data in the database was a good idea. They were excited and impressed by the loan classification demo. If you haven't read...


Jun 11, 2018

I visited a doctor recently, and he told me a measurement he'd made. I asked if it was good or bad, and he said he had no idea. The value varied too much from person to person, and without values from the past, he couldn't really evaluate the significance of it. He will be able to in the future, now that he has a...