DBAs Bar Door Against

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-08-29 Print this article Print

Big Bad .Net Wolf"> Will this forever hamper the adoption of the integrated CLR in the SQL Server world? Kline thinks not, the saving grace being that the line between developers and DBAs is much fuzzier than that of, for example, Oracle Corp. databases.

"The line s very firmly and darkly drawn between developers and DBAs in the Oracle world," he said. "With Microsoft, there are DBAs who are fairly good developers and vice versa. Theres a portion out there that say No problem, I can handle it. In shops where theyre allowed to specialize a bit more, they dont have that skill set and are a bit more skittish about CLR.

"For those of us around when Oracle launched Java in the database engine, we wonder if it will be a repeat of that. Java didnt turn out to be a compelling feature. It could wind up going that way. My feeling, though, is that the developer community is so much stronger in the SQL Server world than [in the Oracleworld], my guess is that it will find a toehold."

At any rate, PASS will be helping to secure that toehold: The heightened integration between SQL Server and the rest of the stack will be a major theme at PASS upcoming conference, Kline said.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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