Questions by Ali King in September 2017

  • How much should a developer who is not a database specialist know about databases?
  • What should you consider when choosing a database technology?
  • Do you need to write SQL to get good database performance?
  • How useful is knowledge of data structures from Computing Science in writing good code?
  • What is the difference between a data scientist and a data engineer?
  • What is the minimum you should do to back up your data for a production system?
  • How do you generate realistic and thorough test data for systems which take external input, like databases and APIs?
  • What measures should you take to keep your data secure from accidental and malicious exposure?
  • How do you work out whether you should use Big Data technologies?
  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in in May 2018. What will this mean for how you handle data?
  • Why might you use blockchain rather than a conventional database to store data?

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