“DBA Worst Practices”, or, pity poor Jeff Smith

Mar 28, 2007 / By Paul Vallee

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I tripped across this blog post by Jeff Smith and I have to say, this man has been scarred by what has to be the worst experience interacting with a DBA I have ever heard of.

This DBA, who I hope is fictional (Jeff please tell me this is fiction!) is relentless in breaking every cardinal rule of data quality. Returning dates as strings, storing numbers as strings, storing booleans as non-standardized strings (like ‘yes’,’YES’,’True’, etc.), and more.

And Jeff, if this is not fiction, if this is real and you have really suffered this much – give us a call won’t you?

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