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How much middleware do you have to know

By  Mar 24, 2008

Topics: Data

Most of us have enough on our hands just keeping the database systems alive and kicking. But these days, if you have a complex system, you're asked to do a little more.

I've worked with middle-tier development in my time, meaning the COM+, CORBA or other data preparation systems used in between an application and a database. But there's a whole new category of systems in front of the database servers, called "MiddleWare". These system are often quite complex themselves, and they have their own learning curve.

The question is, should a DBA have to learn these systems, too? The developers don't want them, since they have plenty on their hands already. So who owns these things?