I had to smile when I read Andy C‘s latest post.
I don’t doubt the intention of the BAAG movement. I think most people would agree it makes sense, but sometimes you are forced into making decisions without the full weight of evidence behind you. In an ideal world you would go away, study the problem and come up with the correct solution, but management and customer demands don’t always make that possible.
It reminds me of a scene in Alien:
Ripley: Ash. Any suggestions from you or Mother?
Ash: No, we’re still collating.
Ripley: [Laughing in disbelief] You’re what? You’re still collating? I find that hard to believe.
Ash: What would you like me to do?
Ripley: Just what you’ve been doing, Ash, nothing.
And we all know who was the hero and who was the bad guy in that movie!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we should all be gung-ho random DBAs, but Andy’s post serves to remind me that my lofty ideals are not always possible or practical.