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

Jun 29, 2018

This is the end of the first half of the year. I'm hoping it's been a good half year for you, as it has for me. I've traveled less, done a few more things outside of work, but had a good time at work as well. I've had to work on some projects and content that are engaging and fun. I'm looking forward to the next half...


Jun 28, 2018

Microsoft, please fix thisThis issue is still out there, and once again, it's the top voted on item for SQL Server. Everytime I see this:

Msg 8152, Level 16, State 13, Line 1
String or binary data would be truncated.

I'm annoyed, and I'm not alone. If you've had to load data into SQL Server, and you've every...


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...