/minor rant on
I was recently asked by a coworker why I knew so much about a wide variety of technologies. He was having an issue with java application performance and was surprised when I pointed him to a tool that resolved his issue.
My point to him, was that everyone needs to be more than “Just a …”
We can not survive in a modern technical ecosystem with just one skill set. While we might have strengths in one particular skill set, we all need to be a little bit of DBA/SysAdmin/Developer/Storage Admin/Project Manager/Business Analyst.
This leads me to one of my favorite quotes about skill sets.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love /rant off