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

Dec 7, 2018

I do worry about the future of work for large sections of people. When I read pieces like this one in the Atlantic on automation, there are two things that come to mind. First, we are mindlessly sticking with 19th century models of work in many cases. Second, there are opportunities that could dramatically utilize the...


Dec 6, 2018

Google is doing more SQL, or at least shifting towards relational SQL databases as a way of storing data. At least, some of their engineers see this as a better way to store data for many problems. Since I'm a relational database advocate, I found this to be interesting.

When Google first started to publish...


Dec 5, 2018

Manure rolls downhill Since I live on a horse ranch with some slight hills, I can attest this to be true. At least, it's true for horses and it's true for short distances. Manure isn't very friction free and often ceases movement quickly. The same isn't likely true for bull droppings, but I haven't done much testing...


Dec 4, 2018

I was pleased to see the fix for the string or binary data truncated error saw some development work in SQL Server 2019. If you haven't read about this, the changes are described on MSDN and I thanked the development team. What's even better news is that the fix has been ported to SQL Server 2017 in CU12 is is also...


Dec 3, 2018

I didn't notice any issues with GitHub, but others did. The majority of my interaction is just through the git protocol, so things tend to work fast, and I don't have any database access. I rarely use the Issues, and other parts of GitHub, which were affected when GitHub had a MySQL cluster fail over. There's a...