OK - it's a little light in some of the hallways because of Christmas, so I had a few minutes to actually chat with some friends. We played one of those mental games where you ask "if you could only have one thing for X, what would it be". I was asked the question, "if you could only have one skill when you started as a DBA/Developer, what would it be?" I thought about troubleshooting, a sense of curiosity, tenacity and those kinds of things, but I settled on this: Reading. I've always felt if you can read, you can do anything, because books have everything you need to know in them.
Do you agree? Or is there a better skill that a DBA or Developer can have?
OK - it's a little light in some of the hallways because of Christmas, so I had a few minutes to
Tough question - I would say it depends on what a person's goals are. For me my love of technology (I know that isn't technically a skill, but it still would be my choice) would be the thing I would pick. That has been what has served me best in all my experiences so far and has helped me the most in my career. For someone else with different career goals reading may work, troubleshooting skills or perhaps dependability.
Since I came into IT without a CS degree, reading was my main way to learn. But in retrospect I would have wanted to learn to program well in some version of C first, partly to get better jobs and partly for the mental discipline.