• Subject: Re: LIMITING Programmer ACCES TO LIVE DATA
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 14:52:01 EST


In a message dated 1/7/00 11:01:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, lbolhui@ibm.net 

> Understand and I've had that as well.  It is frustrating no doubt when the
> customer provides you with less than required to complete the task.  Once 
way to
> combat that is a little piece of software I use on my Palm.  Touch the 
screen and
> it time stamps and allows comments: "Waiting for authority to compile 
program -
> 20 minutes".  When they see that on their bill THATs when they get the 
> message.

Now _THERE's_ an idea!  The bad thing is, I try _NOT_ to get too much 
authority for both the client's and my own protection.  Far too often I have 
a data set in my own library that needs to be deleted when I'm finished 
testing an update program, and forgetting to qualify library names when 
you've got fifty things going at once is an easy thing to do.  Last site I 
wanted authority to STRSRVJOB, they gave me *ALLOBJ instead :( -- the last 
few weeks I was walking on pins and needles because they also didn't have 
different boxes for development and production.

>  I can't dissagree with the use of version control software but many small 
>  can't afford it or don't have time to learn it.  I still feel however, that
>  having a restricted profile for use during most programming activities is 
a good
>  safety net. With or without version control.

Very true.  I would just prefer that only one or two people have unrestricted 
access, and that anything I need to do of that ilk would be under the 
watchful eyes of someone else.  As you said, anyone can make a mistake...


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"You cannot put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories." -- 
Melanie Clark
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