Archive for April, 2011

SQL server DBA vs. Developer

Many time, new comers into MS SQL Server field (including me, When I was new in this field) rich at the Point that, what to select for future DBA or DEV?

 Here I am trying describing the Roles and other benefits of the DBA and DEV Professional as following.

 On the Basis of JOB ROLE:

 A SQL DEV. must have knowledge to write complex query and stored procedure. In the case of DBA writing simple query is ok.

  1. A SQL server DBA must be a master of High availability, High Performance and responsible for keep Database server out of Risk. Where developers are responsible writing code in a manner that consume less time and effort of hardware of server.
  2. Where the Developers can develop there won SPs and Functions and can develop high-end solution as per their ability. The DBAs are depending upon the pre developed SPs or tools.
  3. Mostly DBA’s job involves the shift work (night also). Mostly DEV’s job does not need to work in night shift. (Depends upon the Type of company)
  4. A DEV’s mistake may not effect more than a mistake of DBA, so a DBA having more sensitive responsibility than DEVs.

 Note: Some time a DBA can write the complex query, SPs and High-end solution. And some time a DEV can manage the high availability and performance problem of SQL Database server, in this case the Personnel doing so is a DBA cum DEV or a DEV cum DBA.

 On the Basis of Pay scale:

The pay scale is always depends upon the personnel’s ability. Many people said that a developer earns more than a DBA, but this is the time where may opportunities are open for the DBAs with high Pay scale.   

  On the Basis Job Offers:

  1. There is more opening for the DEV s in comparison of DBAs. But now in modern technological age the more positions are opening for the DBA also.
  2. Getting a job of Dev is easier than getting a job as DBA, because no one likes to entertain you with his Production Database, if you are fresher.

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