re: Get to know a database integrator / Ask Me Anything! VIEW POST

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Thank you for sharing Katie and thank you for such a fantastic series Alan I look forward to this every week.

I love that you are so passionate about what you do and are making such great resources to help others who are #Adminelopers in the SFDC world. I've been really enjoying the JSON and XML series and have been sharing the posts around the office.

I think you are the only one in the series to make a point of mentioning exercise. It's so true that going for a swim or a walk helps us to decompress and take some pressure off the body.

You mention you would like to stick to being an individual contributor rather than heading down the management path. Do you have a role you are aspiring to or a set of technical skills you are learning to keep the momentum going?

 

Great point about exercise Helen. That's going in as a question for future interviews. (Running a fitness studio you might think I would have thought of that one already...)

 

You mention you would like to stick to being an individual contributor rather than heading down the management path. Do you have a role you are aspiring to or a set of technical skills you are learning to keep the momentum going?

Here's the environment in which I learned to program on the job:

  • Lone wolf "computer woman" / "keeper of sacred mysteries" embedded among business users
  • No one cared if "production" systems went down over a weekend, as long as we had it back up and recovered by Tuesday
  • Failures were highly recoverable, because most systems were "convenience portals" on top of underlying other portals
  • Only a handful of people cared about the systems

I knew that eventually, my ability to make a career out of being a "developer" was going to hit a wall without team-coding experience and "OMG hair on fire" production-coding experience.

I thought about leaving my current employer to go build apps in the private sector or something as a junior developer, alongside people straight out of CS degrees and bootcamps.

Luckily, I was able to be "adopted" at my current workplace by an integrations team that had some of the types of work I was learning to gain experience with:

  • Multiple people sharing a codebase
  • Systems that thousands of people can be impacted by downtime from if they're not fixed the moment they break
  • Systems where a fix can involve the hassle of coordinating US/India time zones

I've just begun an adventure into a good 3 years of sharing call, coding according to styles that match other people's code, figuring out how to be an efficient problem solver in a short timeframe so I don't lose too much of a holiday to a downed system, etc.

Luckily, that "holiday" thing doesn't happen too often, but it occasionally has and definitely could again.

I may have had a chance to level up my Salesforce experience instead. (I didn't inquire, but the Salesforce team could always use help, so I presume it would have been okay to ask to join?) Although I would have experienced an increase in "production hair on fire" and "team development" there, the level would have been slightly lower than on the team I just joined.

I chose the "junior developer surrounded by seniors" opportunity because I thought it would be harder to find again without a pay cut than a re-immersion deep into the world of Salesforce would be.

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