How I became a Database Programmer

It all began in March of 2001. I survived 3 rounds of layoffs at Earthlink, an Internet service provider, but didn’t make the final round. A few weeks later I was hired by a small company (at the time) named Marketlinx.

Marketlinx writes Multiple Listing Service software for Realtors. I generated reports from listing data, and helped with cosmetic ASP/Javascript type work, which required me to query the database from time to time.

Over the next five years I became very familiar with the software, but felt that I wanted to focus more on the inner workings of the database. In April 2006 I was moved into a database programmer position. I was already familiar with the data and SQL Server 2000/2005. Anything I didn’t know I asked or researched on the web. I took many self paid for classes, I was totally amazed at what I could do.

After almost 3 years as a DBA, my database career took on a new direction, I was hired to join a team that would write a brand new data warehouse with SQL Server 2008, using SSIS, for a large Ecommerce company. This is something a DBA gets to do what, once or twice in a career?

Now, our warehouse is almost complete. I’ve learned so much and evolved with the software. I’ve made new friends in the database industry, and try to keep up with the not so local Nashville SQL Server User group. I have hopes of starting a Knoxville group later this year. I also registered for the annual Microsoft SQL PASS convention in Seattle.

I love my job and I’m excited about what I do, I don’t claim to be an expert, but every day I learn something new.

So there you go, that’s how I got to be a DBA, and I love it. :)


2 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. hey, we found you from #codestock on twitter.

    i see you mention the desire for a local SQL group… we work with some local grassroots groups by providing meeting space. are there others here in knoxville that are also interested?

    check out KNOXVILLE OVERGROUND on facebook and touch base with me for more info.

    June 30th, 2009

  2. It was a conscious decision to become a geek, yet like you, the path which led to SQL Server was serendipitous. Good luck with your DW!

    July 4th, 2009

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