As you pointed out, there is a difference between a webmaster and a web developer, though it seems that the line is getting blurred more and more. I'm not even sure I know the difference anymore. It used to be that a webmaster maintained static webpages produced by the organization as a living and breathing document, possibly even outsourcing to a web developer for creation of complex applications such as eCommerce. But, with the increased availability of tools, namely small db's (Access, et al) and relatively inexpensive scripting languages (ASP, Cold Fusion, et al), and simplicity of db integration (DNS) it seems that many web masters have found a way to cut costs by developing small applications themselves. It would seem reasonable that a webmaster, who may be an accountant filling the role, might bite off a little more than a part-time extra duty and chew. If the line for webmaster to web developer is drawn by the time commitment to the task, then a web developer, being as it may now be a full time job, should have their fingers dirty with every technology. Whereas a webmaster, being a part time extra duty, shouldn't have to. But I agree with Seth and Ron on one large point, a web developer who knows the business is a huge asset and is a position to ask for almost anything they need or want so long as they consistently showing some sort of benefit for their work. To the original point, you are even a larger asset if you know the db side because that knowledge can help you mix together the hodgepodge of data pools throughout a company into one sleek interface. -joshua ----- Original Message ----- From: "Seth Bienek" <seth at sethbienek.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 8:29 AM Subject: RE: [thelist] Must a webmaster know databases??? > > In my opinion, the webmaster should be a jack of > > all trades, > > a master of one or two. > > Here here. > > I think that many "webmasters" become "web developers" out of necessity > rather than to increase their marketability. > > I don't think it's a question of whether you need to have database or web > development skills in order to be a webmaster. I DO believe it will help > answer the question, "How GOOD of a webmaster do you want to be?" > > Also, I'd like to point out that there is tremendous power in being able to > leverage your company's existing "data capitol", and in being to build and > expand that resource. And the technologies used to achieve this have to come > together somewhere, why not let yourself become the catalyst for that > mechanism? > > Lastly, a word of advice. Take your database guy, the VB (Access) guy, or > whoever, to lunch. Then ask if it's ok if you pick their brain. I'd run my > database schemas past the dbguy before you implement them, and the VB guy > might be able to help you out of a bind with some logic errors you might > encounter. They probably won't mind, and chances are they'll be flattered. > Helping people is a real ego booster for them, so everyone benefits. > > Just my two centavos... > > Seth > > ------------------------------ > Seth Bienek > Solutions Development Manager > Stonebridge Technologies, Inc. > 972.455.7294 tel > 972.404.9754 fax > ------------------------------ > > > --------------------------------------- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !