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

Aug 21, 2017

It sounds good. A universal ID that can be used for your identifiable data, in case you happen to lose your paperwork. Paperwork? When will that term become lost to history? These days, less and less of anything is available as a physical media, and if it is, it's often because someone generates a copy from a...


Aug 4, 2017

A few years ago I ran across the Advent of Code challenge. It's an interesting set of puzzles that you are asked to solve. Most are at a scale that wouldn't be practical to solve manually. Once you solve a puzzle, there is usually a second part that's unlocked (you must put in the solution) and then your progress...


Aug 2, 2017

GE is an amazing company. They seem to have so many divisions and produce a wide variety of products. Their financial investment success amazed the world and made Jack Welch an icon to many businesspeople. I remember reading about revolutionary management techniques at one of their jet engine plants that...


Aug 1, 2017

My employer licenses software to users. Many of you might have SQL CompareSQL Prompt, or one of our other handy products. If you do, you might have noticed that we have a Redgate login for you that shows your licenses and lets you activate/deactivate them. This was surprisingly a big project across the last year to...


Aug 1, 2017

I think I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to run SQLServerCentral, focusing on the Microsoft Data Platform, writing articles, experimenting with technology, speaking at events, and more, all with a bit of autonomy. I've been doing this job for well over a decade, and I've built routines and rhythms that...