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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

The purpose of making backups is not to hide them away in a cabinet, but to have those be the ones users are making changes to. Then at the end of each day the modifications are rolled up into the real database.

No one uses the main database, live.

The one responsible for a bulletproof system is the CTO.

Not doing this right is his fault.

That is why he is paid the most.

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