January 18, 2006 4 Comments
The article is not specific to DBA’s, it applies to Developers too, in fact anybody that wants a career with Oracle databases.
At the moment it’s very generalised, there are high level suggestions to read books and browse internet sites, without specific examples of which ones are good.
However, it’s the first part in a series, so that kind of detail may come later, it will be interesting to see how it develops.
I posted a while back on what I thought Newbies needed to know and I still think that before you even attempt to log onto an Oracle database you have a good read of the concepts guide.
That is something that doesn’t only apply to Oracle, if you want a career as a DBA or Developer then you need a good understanding of database concepts.
I received a phone call from a Newbie DBA friend of mine last week.
They were having difficulties as something had gone wrong with a test restore and they couldn’t work out what the problem was.
To me, the problem was obvious, it also became clear to my friend when they suggested “I think the problem is that I don’t fully understand what it is I’m trying to do”.
We worked through the issue, and my final, polite suggestion was they now spend a couple of hours reading through the backup and recovery guide.
I know I found it really difficult at first, being told I was the new DBA and not really understanding what that meant or what I was supposed to do, but I found I was able to learn more quickly and understand how thing worked more easily once I had a good grasp of the concepts.