16. January 2008
The concept of IT Pros VS Developers is an idea that simply needs to die. IT Guys/Gals need Developers and Developers need IT folks.
I was listening to .NET Rocks the other day. As they were reading one of their fan's emails on the air I thought it sounded really familiar. Pretty quickly I realized that they were reading an email I had sent them about a month ago and had forgotten about.
Basically, my email was talking about how using Powershell has enabled me to jump into the world of .NET and start playing around with C#. This has enabled me to have much more meaningful conversations with Developers in my department. I have been learning their language, if you will.
The way I see it, the IT Pro is going to be doing more and more automation and the more we know about writing code, or at least how it is written, can only help us in our careers.
As IT Pros, we can have discussions about instrumentation requirements for an app that we will need to support way more effectively if we understand the basic capabilities of building instrumentation and management into an app in the first place. Maybe its getting familiar with System.Diagnostics.EventLog or learning a little bit about tracing. Maybe its understanding how MOM management packs are created. With SCOM 2007, developers can very easily create management packs now.
In fact, Carl and Richard were talking to David Aiken about this very topic on this episode of DNR