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Absolutely (Not?) - Why Did I Write This?

I've always been a little bit of a strong DBA. I try to get along and work with people, being flexible about what rules to implement, but I am somewhat of a stickler for rules. As I was browsing through some blogs one week, I found myself reading about that age-old conflict between DBAs and developers, where the DBA is oppressing the freedom of the Developers.

That plays out all too often, but in this case I found myself wondering what types of things are really important to DBAs. Why do they expend so much energy enforcing rules. I have my own reasons, but I thought an interesting starting point would be to tackle this as a "What rules are most important" or as I wrote it, what's a DBA absolute?

There ended up being some interesting responses, and some I hadn't thought of. One of the most interesting was in teh debate, as a response to someone else, where someone asked about another absolute: Would you be willing to lose or change your jobs because of xx? That was a great question to me, and I hope others realize that if it's an absolute, you would change your job over it. However that's not always practical and could run you into a downward spiral. Most likely our absolutes are really strong feelings, and the extent to which we would enforce them "depends" on the situation more than we'd like.

Why did I write this? I got challenged by Andy Warren to write a bit about why I wrote something. I complained to him that he has some "mechanical" posts on this blog that just mention he wrote something with some questions, and don't really blog about why he wrote something. He challenged me to write about why I wrote something, so here I am.  

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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest


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