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Re: Database Design

From: Turkbear <>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2004 09:50:44 -0600
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Turkbear <> wrote:

>Galen Boyer <> wrote:
>>On Mon, 05 Jan 2004, wrote:
>>> Galen Boyer wrote:
>>>> On Sun, 04 Jan 2004, wrote:
>>>>>We are the only "profession" in which practitioners expect to
>>>>> be able to work without credential.
>>>> Bankers, Stock Analysts, CEOs, Managers, line-workers,
>>>> Restauranteurs, Salesmen, ...
>>> I put quote marks around the word profession, see above, for a
>>> reason. None of the above are technically professions in the
>>> sense the word is used to described those occupations I
>>> listed.
>>I don't understand how.
>>> Sorry if my meaning wasn't clear.
>>It is clear that you, and others, think that our profession needs
>>to be elevated to the level on par with medicine. That is a
>>thought that screams self-importance. Our profession and work
>>isn't dealing with life-threatening issues. I think those that
>>feel that way need to get a better perspective on what it is our
>>profession is. We are IT professionals. We strive to be
>>extremely talented at what we do. We love the creativity,
>>challenge, ... of our professions. But, in the "Grand scheme of
>>things" we provide very little societal benefit, very few of us
>>do anything remotely dealing with life issues (there are a small
>>few that deal with medical records that are used by the medical
>>profession) and our profession's output isn't important enough to
>>warrant a government or even industry sponsored credentials test.
>Sorry, but, while not on a par with medicine ( or law or nursing, or many others) , any profession responsible ,in many
>cases, for keeping multi-million dollar organizations up and running
> ( think about the Airlines, Banks, Stock Exchange,UPS, etc.) need not be shy about being proud of its skills.
>[I know of one company that would lose 25K for each minute the database was down]
>Their does need to be some way, however, to insure that those that profess to be DBAs ( or Application Developers, Web
>Designers, whatever) have the skill set needed for the task at hand. How to do this makes for a lively debate.
>Just my somewhat proud 2c...

Not so proud of my word usage... Replace('their','there');

Jg Received on Tue Jan 06 2004 - 09:50:44 CST

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