[sysadmin] ideas for dio.dat

Simon Kershaw simon at kershaw.org.uk
Fri May 22 15:49:53 UTC 2015

Thanks Allie,

I think this is a good idea and have thought several times about doing
something similar. I'm a database person too, with lots of experience of
MySQL and other DBs -- my day job is as the manager of the database team
at an engineering software company, where we have our proporietary DB
system. It's half about people skills, and half technical knowledge
(though I no longer write code in this job) and the other half dealing
with crises and doing paperwork :-)

I currently run a number of MySQL DBs on j2, so am happy to contribute to
DB design and coding. I tend to write in Perl these days, and all the
infrastructure to run Perl and MySQL is in place already.

What relevant programming languages do others here use?

In fact -- general question, perhaps better in a thread of its own ...
what skills do we each bring?


Allie Graham wrote:
> Simon:
> <Background>
> Ben and I had a drink with Derek last weekend while he was in Atlanta.
> His day job is in technology, much of which is working with databases
> for a large bank (Derek, correct me if I'm wrong).
> I mentioned Derek's procifiency with My SQL to Brian, and the idea
> started rolling to move the diocesan listings to a database rather than
> the text file  (which, made sense 20 years ago when Brian made it)
> </background>
> Since we could have a web interface that way, Mammana could make many of
> the updates himself (I ran this by him, hypothetically, and it would
> make him very happy).
> I don't have my knowledge of MySQL (I've used it a bit but always with
> specific instructions) but would be happy to have this as an opportunity
> to learn.
> IIRC, this list now has everyone who actively does technical work for
> SoAJ.
> Thoughts?

Simon Kershaw
simon at kershaw.org.uk
Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire

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