How often do you write/use SQL in Development roles?

Sovos / Ops $$$???
Aug 6, 2017 9 Comments

I use SQL a ton in a Support Engineering role at a SaaS company and am studying for the Oracle SQL fundamentals certification. I know this would increase my opportunities to move to Dev in my company, but would like to know how common/useful SQL knowledge is in Dev across the industry.

Thanks!

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  • New Blibbet
    SQL knowledge is very useful. You certainly won't be wasting your time learning it, but don't expect it alone to ease your transition into a general software development role.
    Aug 6, 2017 4
    • Sovos / Ops $$$???
      OP
      Thank you. What language would you recommend that I study in order to ease a transition into development?
      Aug 6, 2017
    • New Blibbet
      Depends on what they're using in your target job. If you don't know that, C# and Java are both solid middle ground choices. Pick based on platform. JavaScript if you're interested in more web stuff. There are hundreds of language / library / framework combinations so a strong understanding of first principles and technical agility is what you're really going for.
      Aug 6, 2017
    • Microsoft / Mgmt Restful
      Java is pervasive across non Microsoft platforms while C# is used largely for Microsoft platforms.

      What you will learn over time is languages have similar constructs and once you've learned the constructs - like iterations and conditional loops, picking up a new language is easier since you know what you want to do and you just have learn the syntax of a new language.
      Aug 6, 2017
    • Sovos / Ops $$$???
      OP
      Target job is using Delphi, however the online learning opportunities for C# appear to be more robust. I will explore the available resources. Thanks for your answers!
      Aug 6, 2017
  • Facebook ickwhistle
    I am a big data ml engineer and being a sql monkey is majority of my job
    Aug 6, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Restful
    Dev roles vary, so it really depends on a team or individual's focus. Teams that manage or have a telemetry footprint inside a service use some SQL variant, but I would say rarely is it used alone. In most cases devs are working across language types - java, C#, SQL (and its many variants), etc to solve problems. It depends on the problem to be solved.
    Aug 6, 2017 0
  • Adobe pequaod
    at my old job the dbas wouldn't write stored procedures for devs unless it was something really complicated. I pretty much went from hating SQL to writing quite a bit over the years. now I do strictly UI and never really have to touch the backed apis or implementations
    Aug 6, 2017 0
  • Chase ashana385
    I'm working on trying to move into a more development role as well, ( I think data science might make more sense due to my business background). I have a decent understanding of SQL and am working to learn Python and Hadoop so I can access and manipulate the data in ways needed. I feel like for the most part in data science you are just cleaning crappy data using python to do that and load it back up
    Aug 7, 2017 0

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