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

May 24, 2018

I write a fair amount about career issues. It's one of the largest tags in my word cloud, and I'm proud of that. I've seen too many people in bad jobs for too long, had a few myself, watched my wife work far too hard at times, and lost friends because of a lack of time. All of those experiences have caused me to really...


May 23, 2018

One of the main functions for anyone that manages a database is ensuring that they can recover the system in the event of any issues. My view is that restores are the most important skill and task that need to be performed on a database. Since restores require backups, I'd then rank backups as a 1a important...


May 21, 2018

I think PowerShell is a great addition to the Microsoft stack. Given the previous versions of VBScript, Perl and Python ports, and more on Windows, PowerShell is a great improvement. Even for someone that spent a lot of time in the C Shell and Bourne Shell as a student and young professional, I think PowerShell is...


May 11, 2018

Imagine that you go to interview a candidate over Skype or even a phone call and the first thing you see or hear is: "Hi, my name is Hank, and I am an avatar. I will answer all your questions about Nick factually and completely, as if you’re talking directly to Nick. Are you still looking to fill this position?"


May 10, 2018

Power Bi is one of the neatest tools that Microsoft has built for data professionals. It allows anyone to build fantastic interactive visualizations that can help tell a story and help someone make decisions. There have been some amazing demo visualizations from Microsoft customers. I've seen a predictive maintenance...