The SQL Lumberjack … Really ?!?!?!

Well here it is my first blog on The SQL Lumberjack blog site. Why I call myself the SQL Lumberjack I will explain. First, why did I create this blog.

I started reading Brad McGehee’s book How to become an Exceptional DBA. One of the first things you read is an Exceptional DBA will Share his or her knowledge with co-workers and the SQL Server Community. Well here you go.

So….SQL Lumberjack REALLY!

The name of this blog boils down to one thing. As a DBA if it’s a small company or a large one you will encounter some access restrictions or resistance that makes doing your job hard. It’s not called ‘work’ because it’s easy. So my questions to all SQL DBA’s have you ever felt like a Lumberjack without an axe? I think most DBA’s would say yes.

Wikipedia Definitions:

A lumberjack is a worker in the logging industry that performs the initial harvesting and transport of trees for ultimate processing into forest products. The term usually refers to a bygone era (before 1945) when hand tools were used in harvesting trees principally from virgin forest. Because of its historical ties, the term lumberjack has become ingrained in popular culture through folklore, media, and spectator sports. The work was difficult, dangerous, intermittent, low-paying, and primitive in living conditions, but the men built a traditional culture that celebrated strength, masculinity, confrontation with danger, and resistance to modernization.

A database administrator (DBA) is a person responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance and repair of an organization’s database. They are also known by the titles Database Coordinator or Database Programmer, and is closely related to the Database Analyst, Database Modeler, Programmer Analyst, and Systems Manager. The role includes the development and design of database strategies, monitoring and improving database performance and capacity, and planning for future expansion requirements. They may also plan, co-ordinate and implement security measures to safeguard the database.

My Definition:

A SQL Lumberjack is an individual who is responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance, repair, and harvesting of virtual data and virtual logs (Pun Intended) in a SQL Database. The term usually refers to a DBA whose hand tools are virtual and sometimes as dull as a spoon. Whereas it can be difficult to harvest logs without the right tools or access. Therefore, a SQL Lumberjack, like a Lumberjack could be lost without an axe. The work can be difficult but rewarding, high-paying in most cases, not at all dangerous, and living is most likely good. These people traditionally have built a culture that celebrates intelligence, geeks (which FYI, can be a term of endearment), confronts danger with awkward techy jokes, and loves changes in technology but, in SQL Lumberjack attitude, silently curses their manager when turned down for a sharper axe.

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About Erik Disparti

I started my IT career in 1999 and in January 2011 I became a SQL DBA. So far I'm loving every minute of it and learning more and more everyday.
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