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10 Skills a developer will need in the next 5 years?

By mlemay ·
I am on an advisory board for a local college and at the last curriculum meeting we had some of what you mentioned in the article "10 Skills a developer will need in the next 5 years" come up, but the predominent subjects were enterprise database design, implementation, administration and general network security. As a database administrator I continually deal with issues caused by poor database design due to a general lack of understanding of how enterprise databases work. Initial database configuration, connection methodology, network security, disaster recovery, and ongoing maintenance are all skills where a developer should have proficiency. My last 10 years of experience in the industry has proven that this is not the case.
I'm assuming that this was considered too fundamental or axiomatic for the purposes of Justin's article, but I would add Enterprise database design, and enterprise security for a total of 12 skills.

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by Tony Hopkinson In reply to 10 Skills a developer wil ...

Singling out Enterprise Database design as something different is an error. What we are really talking about about is implementation. If you go down the purist design route the the design would be no different for a stand alone access application.
In practical terms you can of course omit all sorts of things for such a an implementaion. Where academia falls down big style in my opinion is the understanding of when, why and the consequences of such design compromises.

While the database is looked at in isolation from waht the data is used for, good is never happening.

Industry wise we have far too many devlopers who are vaguely familiar with the concept of a table designing databases, usually with some GUI tool. There's a reason for this, cost.....

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