Jeroen van Aart
jeroen at mompl.net
Mon May 2 14:27:34 CDT 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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