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.


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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 16:24:00 GMT-8  

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