Steve Jones

Steve
Jones

Steve Jones is a DBA with IQdestination.com, an e-learning provider, and a regular columnist at http://www.sqlservercentral.com. He has worked with SQL Server since 1991.

Articles
Session 1: Writing Cleaner Code 

Running Time: 88 minutes |

This session will examine ways to write better code by using CTEs to simplify queries, implement error handling to deal with problematic data, and show a few tips and tricks for writing code quicker and generating enough test data to properly evaluate your queries.

Session 2: Intermediate Queries 

Running Time: 62 minutes |

We'll examine a few intermediate techniques for efficient queries. We start with tally tables and calendar tables, showing practical uses of each. We will then look at pivoting data to display row data as column data and vice versa.

Session 3: Windowing Functions in SQL Server 

Running Time: 66 minutes |

In this session, we'll examine the windowing functions in SQL Server that allow you to efficiently query data in groups, or partitions, and answer complex questions such as running totals and ranking results into percentiles.

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Feb 25, 2015
Commentary

Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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