Age boundaries

Are there any age boundaries for "excellent DBA:s"? :) Who will show up on this list?

Select name from master.excellent_DBA where age between @min_age and @max_age

I know there is a lower limit when you have no clue about SQL server and when you pass that limit you think you got a clue, but you're totally out in the blue. Then you finally pass the limit where you actually have a clue, but when do you pass the limit when you still think you have a clue but the "train has left the station and you still sit and wait for the train to arrive"

(passed the fourthies today and hope I will stay on top for at least ten more years)
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asked Feb 07, 2011 at 11:22 PM in Default

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@Hakan Winther, Happy Birthday, and may all the wishes and dreams you dream today turn to reality.
Feb 07, 2011 at 11:26 PM Cyborg

Happy Birthday Håkan! It must feel really nice to instantly transform from the young thirty-something guy to an older gentleman in his forties :)

Seriously though, I don't believe there is an upper limit. As always, it depends. If someone is still mentally sharp then age gives nothing but advantage due to experience. A number of years ago I worked in the small shop where Director if IT and DBA positions were combined and the guy who was our DBA/IT Director was 59. He was one of the most passionate T-SQL junkies I have ever known, always looking to expand his already more than solid skills.

Considering the "other team", one cannot help but notice that the best Oracle DBAs tend to be older, and usually, the older the better.
Feb 08, 2011 at 09:00 AM Oleg

Happy Birthday! I don't think @max_age <= 40, you still have years to learn and gain experience.

If skill is age-based in any way, I'm glad I still have five years to learn before I need to compare my own skills with yours. Though in five years time, you'll have five more years of experience. So I'll always be the junior developer compared to you...
Feb 08, 2011 at 10:19 AM Magnus Ahlkvist
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Happy Birthday @Hakan and thank you for all you do on this site. As for the age thing, I have been working with SQL server for 13 years but only for the past three have I been a "real" DBA. I am only a few years into my 30's.
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answered Feb 08, 2011 at 04:56 PM

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When you dread new software releases and innovations in technology because you've lost that drive to learn, when solving problems becomes an onus instead of a welcomed challenge--then you've hit @max_age. I know you have many more productive years to contribute to the industry. Happy Birthday Håkan.
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answered Feb 08, 2011 at 05:23 PM

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Happy Birthday Hakan

I'm pretty much in the same position as TRAD - although I'm not a DBA. I'm a developer, who happens to have strong leanings towards SQL Server in my day to day work. I guess that's why I get on with the CLR so well :)
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answered Feb 09, 2011 at 01:50 AM

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Thanks! As a matter of fact, I am not a real DBA either, I am a developer focused only on SQL server.
Feb 09, 2011 at 02:10 AM Håkan Winther
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Wow, that's a bit deep for a Tuesday morning!

Firstly, many happy returns.

I sure hope any @max_age value is pretty high and if its close to the UK retirement age then that will be fine for me. I think that so long as you are enthusiastic about something then you will have the determination to explore and learn and that will keep you 'in the chase' as it were. you should be fine for a few more years going on my experience - I'm 42 in a little while!
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answered Feb 07, 2011 at 11:29 PM

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Happy Birthday. I remember hitting 40. It was quite a while ago.

I don't think there is an upper limit. One of the best Microsoft consultants I've met is past retirement age and he can run rings around most people with TSQL. There are several MVPs that are north of 50 that are showing no signs of slowing down. At my age, based on current technologies, unless there's some sort of fundamental paradigm shift (always possible), I think I can make it through to retirement working within this technology stack (assuming I continue to learn as fast as I possibly can).
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answered Feb 08, 2011 at 04:40 AM

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