Monday, January 29, 2007

Dept. Of Greener Grass

In a refreshing change from developers wanting to become DBAs Padraig O'Sullivan is a young man who doesn't want to become stereotyped as a DBA:
"I guess I am only 23 but I don't want to become labelled as a DBA and therefore someone who cant program or develop to save his life."


I think Padraig's attitude is sensible. As Robert A. Heinlein said, "Specialization is for insects." The trick is to find a boss who is happy to allow us to be generalists but pay us the wages of a specialist.

I have one piece of advice for Padraig: most managers looking for somebody to work in an IT role will plump for somebody who actually knows their own age over somebody who can only guess at it.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Andy C said...

Maybe Padraig should get a job in Oracle engineering :-)

As for me, although my business card says 'Architecture Specialist', I consider myself a Generalist (know a little about lots) so I'm really confused.

29 January 2007 08:00:00 GMT-8  
Blogger Noons said...

"DBA and therefore someone who cant program or develop to save his life"

Hmmmmmpfh, Padraig needs a reality check! Most dbas do indeed have a coding background and still code a lot. Maybe he's been ill-advised on what dbas really do... ;-)

29 January 2007 16:12:00 GMT-8  
Blogger APC said...

>> although my business card
>> says 'Architecture Specialist'

Does that mean I can tap you for free advice about my loft conversion?

Cheers, APC

30 January 2007 02:23:00 GMT-8  
Anonymous Jacco Landlust said...

I always figured that specialisation is knowing more about less.

Personlly I try to be a generalist who specialises in troubleshooting application server issues, which is a generalism by design ;). Although I cry out to the world that I don't do any development anymore, I tend to find myself writing and debugging scripts every day.

Being a DBA is not a job, it's a calling and I sure as hell like it. I'm far from being a guru (even though I might make it according to the burleson rules)

30 January 2007 13:32:00 GMT-8  
Blogger Padraig O'Sullivan said...

I never realized anyone actually read my postings! Sorry if I offended you noons, I understand a lot of DBAs come from development backgrounds and are more than capable of coding.

The statement I made about DBAs not being able to develop was more what I believe a lot of people think of DBAs.

Thanks for the advice on knowing (and not guessing) my age Andrew...I'll have to remember that one ;-)

31 January 2007 08:38:00 GMT-8  
Blogger Noons said...

no offence taken, Padraig. If it had, I'd have left a note in your blog! :-)

Yeah, the RSS feed aggregators put together a lot of blogs from everyone. I make it a daily task to review the OraNA aggegator, as much as I can within the free time available.

There is always something interesting or useful there!

31 January 2007 16:24:00 GMT-8  

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