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Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10:12 PM
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Buck Woody
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Posted Thursday, December 20, 2007 7:54 AM


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Great article, thanks. I especially like the reminder to build and use databases for practice (music catalog, recipes, etc.) - I don't do enough of that experimentation, but it is a good, safe way to learn and try out new things.

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Posted Thursday, December 20, 2007 9:24 AM
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I think this is a fantastic article. I've never been in a position in my career where I've had "the person" to go talk with regarding technical questions or career concerns in a technical field. I haven't had that more experienced individual that I could reference. That's just how my career has unfolded to date. This article has given me confidence that I am heading in the right direction and that I have the quality traits a DBA should possess. Thank you, Buck. I look forward to part 2!

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Posted Thursday, December 20, 2007 9:25 AM


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I came from the all-around background (started building/fixing computers, then programming, now full-time DBA) and I can't agree more that the database world has evolved well beyond the ability to 'know-it-all'...specialty knowledge is needed now more than ever!

I think you pegged the personality and skills part! I can't wait to see part 2.

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Buck:

Thanks for the article. I will share with my boss and the rest of the troops in order to explain my so called "eccentric" behavior. I fell into this role after performing many others and I must say that database administration has been the most rewarding and the most challenging. I agree with the other posts and I look forward to part 2.

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As a middle aged guy heading back to (finally) finish a degree and change my career, I really appreciate the article. I've dabbled in programming and SQL on a mainframe back in the mid 90s, and an instructor told me it was something I should look into. ... only took me another decade. A friend turned me on to SQL Server Central - hopefully I can suck up all the articles I can find!

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Excellent article, thank you for posting it.

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There is nothing more important than a DBA taking responsibility for the protection of a company's data and I really like the part about confidence as well.

Many times I've been at odds with so called IT specialists or our customers that try to cut corners and implement some hair brained scheme to protect the data and when this happens I have to be willing to take it to the mat with anyone and everyone that questions my position.

Another trait that I find to be very important but sadly lacking from many dba's (or technical people in general) is the ability to be personable with those who are not technical at all.

We have the kind of job where everyone in the organization is going to want to bug us for information they can't otherwise get and often times the people asking are in a position to champion us to those who hold the coffers.

I've made more money as a DBA by going out of my way to be helpful, and also having the ability and patience to understand what someone has tried to ask for than i have just learning the latest bells and whistles on some rdbms and incorporating them into my projects.

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Thanks for a great article Buck. I too, like Andy, am changing careers in a later stage of life. In the past I was a system programmer so there is some similarity with the situations you describe.

This site has been great in providing me a way to see how others get things done and has helped me grow my knowledge.

Thanks again.

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Great article Buck, and it couldn't be more timely for me. I just ended a SQL Development position and am going to start my first "DBA" position next week. You gave some really good perspective on the traits and skills. I enjoyed reading it and got some good advice out of it. I look forward to part two!

Thanks again.


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