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

Sep 21, 2018

RAM has always been a fairly limited resource in most of the computer systems I've worked with in my career. Often there is never enough RAM, and I'd always like more, often to speed up the systems. That has somewhat changed with laptops, as 16 GB really works well for me most of the time. Not that I wouldn't take a...


Sep 20, 2018

The Perfect Storm is a movie about the confluence of three weather events that combined to create a situation the resulted in the loss of all life on a fishing boat. It's a good movie, and certainly one that might make anyone think twice about sailing off into the North Atlantic in bad weather. I certainly wouldn't...


Sep 19, 2018

Do any of you think that a rollback of a version for your application is easy? Most people struggle, and when I talk DevOps and improving your process, the number one question is about rollbacks. In fact, recently I had a few people that struggled to even listen to the early parts of DevOps because all they could think...


Sep 18, 2018

I'm a believer in instrumentation and metrics being regularly gathered from your systems. Across the years I've built and bought monitoring software to use in various jobs, sometimes in layers where one piece of software uses data from another to provide insight about the way in which applications are performing....


Sep 17, 2018

I caught a post from the Slack Engineering team titled: Re-architecting Slack‚Äôs Workspace Preferences: How to Move to an EAV Model to Support Scalability. In the post, an engineering intern describes the move from a blob table (actually a table storing JSON data) to an EAV table. EAV tables generally don't perform...