Even though I have come late to the party of professional development, relatively speaking, I am acutely aware of the conflict that seems to pervade the developer-DBA relationship. This is what I gather about why this is: DBAs used to be paid better that developers, and often this was because they were able to reduce the overall license and hardware costs of large database installations. Both the size and proprietary nature of databases made them incredibly expensive, so paying an individual gobs of money to make sure they ran efficiently and that the data was preserved was worth it.
Several trends have changed the playing field. The first is the arrival of small, commodity server hardware that makes mainframes or large servers unnecessary, and thus the cost is pushed down dramatically for most installations, while salaries for trained database professionals remained the same.
The second is the explosion of databases that do not (in …[Read more]