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Let me present myself for better understanding of my challenge. I love coding, it's been 5 years that I've been in a company as software developer. But for the past 3 years I've been quite pushed into deployment and reporting (development and configuration scheduling etc) because I have developed some love for linux system (ubuntu) that I currently use myself as main operating system. I've currently inherited management of 4 online dedicated linux servers and I learn as I go since I've not considered it as main job.

This morning I was asked whether I would like to be in engineering operations department that is going to be created and as much as I love coding and these deployments and database tweaks.

I'm of course interested but then I would not want to shoot myself on the foot as I don't have enough information about the field, if it's a dying field as computer are getting more and more smarter.

I would like those on the field to throw in insight.

I however have more direct questions:

  1. why would someone choose to become a system and database administrator ?
  2. what does it take to be a good system and dba administrator?
  3. what is hot as of 2013 in the field?
  4. what are resources to be an actual system and dba adminitrator?


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closed as not constructive by Max Vernon, JNK Apr 22 '13 at 17:50

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If you have specific questions about databases or database administration, or if there is a specific question in there somewhere, feel free to ask it. As written this is a discussion post and we try to avoid those. –  JNK Apr 22 '13 at 17:51
Is there any place to have actually a discussion about this? I obviously write this post to have experienced folks' perspective. Isn't a forum for discussion? am so confused about this "closed as not constructive" rules , so where experienced etc is supposed to be shared? –  black sensei Apr 22 '13 at 17:56
Nope this is a question and answer site. If you read our FAQ you'll see what kind of questions are on-topic. –  JNK Apr 22 '13 at 17:57
@blacksensei No, Stack exchange sites are not forums. Feel free to join us at the The Heap chat room, for informal chat. –  ypercube Apr 22 '13 at 17:58