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Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:12 AM
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At one time I was a PowerBuilder developer. In 1996, PowerBuilder was a meal ticket. By 2001, the writing was on the wall for PowerBuilder. My employer used only PowerBuilder, two versions older than the current one at the time, because it met their needs. I quit to prevent becoming obsolete before I was even 30 years old!

I eventually reinvented myself in C# .NET, which, for now, offers wide employability. Interviewers today typically have no clue what the word "PowerBuilder" means on my resume.
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Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:15 AM


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I feel lucky to be working for my current company. They actually believe in training and put up the money to keep our DBA group trained. Our manager encourages us to grow not only for the benefit of the company but also for our own personal benefit as well.

For example this year each of us are going to be attending one of Paul Randal's classes or going to PASS (5 DBAs, 5 events, but only 1 DBA at a time.)

We also actively participate in our local PASS chapter and as a group we like to keep each other informed about any interesting quirks we find or blogs,when the blogs are not blocked by SurfControl.

Before my current position I worked for myself in a very narrow niche developing and administrating systems for scientific researchers using a system named 4th Dimension.

Thankfully I had learned SQL Server and received my MCDBA in the position I had before striking out on my own. I had time to study when I was on my own but it was a strain just to keep up within the 4D database system.

One company that made an offer that I rejected because I found out that their policy was to not support training for their staff out of fear that the staff would take the training and leave the company. What they were left with was an undertrained, unmotivated staff that usually did leave them.

A company would (should) not keep their hardware, software and network up to date, so why shouldn't they view investing in their staffs training in the same light?

But like I said I consider myself lucky when I talk to other local DBAs.



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Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:18 AM


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Stephanie Giovannini (2/21/2012)
At one time I was a PowerBuilder developer. In 1996, PowerBuilder was a meal ticket. By 2001, the writing was on the wall for PowerBuilder. My employer used only PowerBuilder, two versions older than the current one at the time, because it met their needs. I quit to prevent becoming obsolete before I was even 30 years old!

I eventually reinvented myself in C# .NET, which, for now, offers wide employability. Interviewers today typically have no clue what the word "PowerBuilder" means on my resume.


Good point, I had to do the same thing with Clipper. Do you remember that language? Sometimes you got to know when to see the writing on the wall. Keeping up with your reading is a good barometer for that because it can reveal the way trends are going.


"Technology is a weird thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. ..."
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