10 April 2008
University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University students now have what appears to be a <a href=http://www.sigmod.org/record/issues/0309/4.JHdbcourseS03.pdf>first rate course</a> on database internals. What I like about this course is not only is it very practical experience, but also, that it teaches internals. So much of how a database works has to do with how it’s built, and the syllabus shows that this course should turn out excellent talent ready to develop on any database platform. However, how many of these students will go on to become DBA’s? I hope many, but it’s not likely I am afraid. It’s too bad, because this is the kind of knowledge that makes excellent DBA’s.