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

Feb 28, 2019

I've worked on some large scale software projects. For the purposes of this discussion, I'll define a large scale project as one that takes more than a two man-years to develop. I've never spent two years on a project, but I certainly have been involved with some that took more than two people, all more than a year to...


Feb 27, 2019

I've spent most of my career, actually most of my life, working with relational database systems. I tend to agree with this piece on NoSQL systems being the wrong tool for many applications. I do think that's the case, though to be fair, I haven't done anywhere near the amount of work on key-value stores, document...


Feb 26, 2019

There's a concept in computer science of immutability. At a high level, this means once something is set, it isn't changed. Various computer science languages do this with variables, where values don't change, though variables can be destroyed and recreated.

In the PASS keynote, Dr. Ramakrishnan pointed out that we...


Feb 25, 2019

We hear regularly about consumer backlash from data breaches. There are usually legal repercussions, and often hard dollars (euros, yen, etc.) being spent on things like identity protection or credit monitoring. In addition, in the last couple of years, there are plenty of people that try to limit, or cease, doing...


Feb 22, 2019

I'm wondering what you think. Is the idea of trading some paid time off (PTO) for student loan debt relief a good idea? That's what Unum, an insurance company, is offering. They give their employees 28 days off, which is quite generous. I don't know many people that get than many days off. If employees wish, they can...