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I am a SQL Server developers, right now working on building data warehouse, doing database design and modeling. In this website, the job post always looks for DBA. I know some DBA skills, kind of an application DBA.

Is it more valuable to be a DBA than SQL Developer / data warehouse developer ?


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What are some of the Free Magazines that you spoke about in your article?

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Nice article Andy!

Since I am a Bibliophile I normally don’t have budget for books. Along with technical books I also read fiction and other kinds.

One thing I religiously follow is reading at least one article from this site. That way I keep updated with the current world.

Reading is one of the rare things where ROI is very high.

Also books in Indian sub continent are very very very cheap! We get subsidized books. So there is really no need for a book budget, you just need to have an interest in reading.


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I'd really like to know that too. However I'd welcome any advice on magazines like this which are available in the UK, or any company who offers them as an imported mag.
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Andy - good read. I agree with the convenience of the printed materials. I enjoy reading all kinds of industry mags or other materials on the morning commute. I try to encourage my fellow team members to read outside of their focused area of SQL Server. There are so many free white papers out there from product vendors, think tanks, government or educational establishments etc… sure there may be a vendor ‘tint’ or bias but I feel that’s part of the fun and forces more critical thought.

I do have mixed feelings about printed books… first, I always try to find the eBook version so that I don’t have to carry the extra weight and it is also easily searchable. It is so nice to have that library on disk when you don't have access to the Internet or you're at a client's site. I really just find that by the time the books are published and I get my hands on them they are only good for about 12 months (if that) before more current material is required. I guess it depends upon the book – I just try to avoid buying printed books on real release specific topics. I do admit to printing part of the eBooks after I purchase them… so maybe I am a bit of a hypocrite though I did not say I was trying to save trees!




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