[sf-lug] Looking for a Senior MySQL administrator in San Francisco

Adrien Lamothe alamozzz at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 10 20:57:42 PDT 2006

You're a very charitable person Asheesh, and that is commendable, but the fact of life is that administering a collection of 20 database servers in an environment receiving 1 million hits per day is a full time job in and of itself. In fact, many companies would hire two or three people just for that task alone. At best, you can expect a person to administer a database and provide some input into the development process as it relates to the database, and certainly not require the person to also "drive the project to completion". I'm not sure what your background is, but I've worked as a consultant in many environments, have developed and managed projects, and am extremely familiar with these types of situations and the staffing required. It may be that this company has been fortunate to date and not been hit with security problems; perhaps the data in their database has little value to hackers. But if you think the position sounds reasonable, why not apply for it yourself?

Asheesh Laroia <asheesh at asheesh.org> wrote: On Mon, 10 Jul 2006, Adrien Lamothe wrote:

> Sorry pal, but database administrators don't develop websites.

On the other hand, they might be looking for someone to help them with an 
existing web app that they need to squeeze lots of performance out of 
while maintaining good reliability.  So maybe they need another developer 
for that who really *knows* MySQL, their database engine of choice.

Maybe they aren't a huge company, so they need someone with just the right 
skills match for the few but specific tasks they need done.

Sounds to me like you're reacting a little strongly, Adrien.  I won't 
claim to truly know what they want this person for, but the position 
sounded reasonable.

-- Asheesh.

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