Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Database Therapy

A good DBA has to be a bit of a therapist at times. We have to take users who are freaking out and get past their anxiety, past their hurt, and a lot of times past their anger, and get down to the real issue. What I find amusing a lot of times is how the most excited users, the ones who are just freaking out, tend to be the ones in the least amount of trouble. Their problems are usually easy to solve. It's the devs who come up to you nice and calm with just kind of a question to ask you real quick that find out they've done something really stupid and you can't get them out of the hole they've dug.

On slightly the same topic, I had a comical exchange with a dev this morning in trying to explain to him why you can't install a .net assembly in SQL2K, and how SQL can't be compiled into a .dll.

And I'm falling more and more in love with the Katmai group query capabilities. Almost every day I have to deploy code or make some kind of change to all of our marts and being able to hit them all in one shot is just incredible. MS really got this one right.


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I am a Contributing Editor for InfoWorld Magazine, and a frequent contributor to as well as I live with my wife and 3 kids, and have practiced and taught Kenpo for 22yrs now.
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