Database developers are architects and data handling programmers. Most people do not understand database development, nor database programming, and database vernacular is both diluted and misunderstood in general English. “Database developers” tends to refer to a mix of database experts as well as non-experts.
Architecting a database is very different from database programming. Database security is very differen from database data entry. They should all work together and the best database developers understand all aspects of databases well. A quality database includes development aspects for each area of architecture, security, programming, interactivity efficiency, structural longevity, portability, and other project-specific requirements.
Unfortunately, most claims to database expertise arise from non-experts who fool the general public into hiring them without a savvy interview. With the significant lack of understanding of database development by the people who hire database developers, it is easy for database charlatans to cheat their way into developer positions and perform poor work on databases. Although they usually float o the surface and get fired, they may advance their knowledge of database development only sufficient enough to lie their way into keeping their job. The database and business suffer from insufficient architecture and lack of security, not to mention lack of database programming functions. Employers of database developers should be educated and experienced in database development to hire the best database developers.
Database developers must have a working expertise in database security. Since databases typically store important business and member/customer information, securing the database is rather important. Businesses with eCommerce functions may store credit card profiles, which require PCI Compliance for securing and protecting credit card information. Database programmers must validate credit cards before processing them into the database. All interactions with the database must have layers of security to prevent database hacking. Security programmers are essential to the ongoing database development effort.
Database server administration plays a critical role in database development and database security. Understanding database administration is important for ongoing database development, but an expert database administrator overseeing database development and longterm maintenance is valuable.
Database security programmers provide connectivity between applications and databases, which is a critical component of database development. A database that does not interact with customer or visitor information is more secure for it, but what value would a database be if not developed to interact with them? Therefore, there is a need for security programming in database development that may not be provided by regular database developers or database administrators. Security programming is in itself an expertise requiring education, training, and significant hands-on field experience. Database developers lacking security programming cannot provide sufficient security for the database nor application.
When database development includes database programming, security programming, and database administration, the outlook for secure database development is brighter. Database projects still require a well defined scope with a clear Big Picture to succeed and proper. When architected and developed well, databases are magnificent.