Amazon diagnosis

Jeroen van Aart jeroen at
Mon May 2 19:27:34 UTC 2011

Jeff Wheeler wrote:
> IT managers would do well to understand that a few smart programmers,
> who understand how all their tools (web servers, databases,
> filesystems, load-balancers, etc.) actually work, can often do more to

I fully agree.

But much to my dismay and surprise I have learned that developers know 
very little above and beyond their field of interest, say java 
programming. And I bet this is vice versa.

It surprised me because I, perhaps naively, assumed IT workers in 
general have a rather broad knowledge because in general they're 
interested in many aspects of IT, try to find out as much as possible 
and if they do not know something they make an effort learning it. Also 
considering many (practical) things just aren't taught in university, 
which is to be expected since the idea is to develop an academic way of 

Maybe this "hacker" mentality is less prevalent than I, naively, assumed.

So I believe it's just really hard to find someone who is smart and who 
understands all or most of the aspects of IT, i.e. servers, databases, 
file systems, load balancers, networks etc. And it's easier and cheaper 
in the short term to just open a can of <insert random IT job> and hope 
for the best.



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