Programmers with network engineering skills

Holmes,David A dholmes at
Tue Feb 28 02:46:07 UTC 2012

But my point is that each person who is capable to do so generally chooses their life's work, after working in and trying out several capacities, and this is extremely common in IT environments where a person could have cycled through programming, system admin, dba, networking, security, etc. For me, I prefer networking, and even a substantial raise would not get me to design and write computer programs again. Life is short, networking professionals generally are in high demand, and are in networking because they like it. Yes Perl scripting may become a temporary, necessary evil at some point, but if the subject of coding comes up, many will move on.

-----Original Message-----
From: Randy Bush [mailto:randy at]
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 6:23 PM
To: Holmes,David A
Cc: North American Network Operators' Group
Subject: Re: Programmers with network engineering skills

programming is not being able to write a hundred lines of unreadable

a real programmer can be productive in networking tools in a matter of a
month or two.  i have seen it multiple times.

a networker can become a useful real progammer in a year or three.


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