When I Grow up I Want to be a Database Administrator (said no one ever)
06-07, 09:15–10:10 (Europe/Madrid), Auditorium

Most people don't dream of being a database administrator when they grow up. I've worked with databases for over 25 years because I love them so much, but I'm aware that most people don't feel the same way! Most of the developers I know just want the database to quietly do its thing in the background so they can concentrate on coding. Which seems like a reasonable request.

But the world of databases is changing. The traditional DBA role is becoming less common, and developers are increasingly expected to manage their own databases. Let's talk about how you, as a developer, can navigate this new reality, and what you actually need to know about databases.

Who knows - maybe, along the way, I can even convince you to love databases just a little bit!



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Karen was a database administrator for over 20 years and was once described as "quite personable for a DBA", which she decided to take as a compliment! She's now a Senior Solutions Architect, helping her customers to design and manage their (PostgreSQL) database environments.
She gives talks about databases at PostgreSQL and developer conferences because she loves sharing knowledge. She is a PostgreSQL Europe board member, she co-organises the pgDay Paris event and helps out as a volunteer at various PostgreSQL community events across Europe.