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

May 31, 2017

In all my years of working with data, there's one think I've learned: it always grow. Over the years, I've gone from having to store data in these sizes:

  • A few KB on cassette tapes as a middle school kid
  • Using 360k floppies to 720k for programming, then 1.44MB to 100MB ZIP drives to 600MB CDs to 4GB DVDs
  • 10MB HDDs...


May 26, 2017

The big changes coming in SQL Server 2017 are the Linux version and the addition of Python as a language used to analyze data. In SQL Server 2016, we had the R language added, and quite a few people have been on crash courses learning R, or worrying about the fact they don't understand how to write an R script. Now...


May 25, 2017

There are running jokes about how Amazon Alexa and Google Home are susceptible to visitors in your home. It's become a bit of test from some geeks who will walk in your house and call "Hey, Alexa" out loud to see if you have a device that's available. I even had an accidental Siri activation while recording some...


May 23, 2017

There are plenty of controversial topics in technology to write about. Today I want to combine two of them into one piece: the cloud and naming standards. I'll leave tabs v spaces and language choices for another day.

I like the cloud, and I especially like Azure. I'm not sure that it fits with most applications...


May 8, 2017

This is a short week of work for me, really just today before heading off to attend Microsoft Build 2017. I'll spend the rest of the week watching Microsoft show off their latest tools, ideas, technology, and more at the developer's conference. I'm not speaking (I think) and am looking forward to three days...