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Teach Your Children Well

Today’s the first day of school in my city, and the plethora of “OMG 1st day of school!” posts of Facebook and my own kids heading back in to slog through another year of fundamentals got me thinking about education. My own kids (12/daughter and 10/son) came home and went swimming since it was about 104 degrees today…the hottest day of the summer, as it were.

How I got access to My Oracle Support (MOS) for US$2.67

Oracle professionals know that the two main sites for information and support on running Oracle products are the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and My Oracle Support (MOS).

Report from Oracle Openworld

Openworld 2010, despite the supposedly lagging economy, had record attendance again this year.  No doubt this was the result of Oracle acquiring something like fourteen companies since last year, including Sun in 2009.  The crowds were thick, divided about evenly between geeks in badly-fitting vendor t-shirts and slick sales-side hustlers with dress pants and shiny shoes.  I landed somewhere in the middle of the two (badly-fitting dress shirt, comfortable jeans and loafers), proudly sporting a long dangling codpiece of ribbons from my attendee badge:

Good OCP / bad OCP

For those contemplating launching a career in Oracle database administration, there are essentially three routes:

  • Oracle education and certification (OCP)
  • Third-party educational programs (University and private training)
  • Self-directed study and experimentation

Most entering into the field assume that to be employable, they must become an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP).  They might be surprised to know that most working Oracle professionals do not have this certification.

Although having an OCP is a nice way to show a prospective employer that you are serious about your profession, this certification has never gained the kind of universal traction that Microsoft’s MCSE has.  There are a few reasons for this:

Thinking Clearly is more important than the Right Answer

Have you ever met anyone who attracted your attention because he had the right idea, but the more you got to know how he arrived at that idea, the less attracted you felt?

All our lives, we learn how important it is to be correct, to have the right answer. You gotta have the right answer to make good grades in school, to nail that interview, to be accepted by your peers and your families and your supervisors, .... But too many people think that an education is merely a sequence of milestones at which you demonstrate that you know the right answer. That view of education is unfortunate.

Hotsos 2009

This was my sixth Hotsos Symposium as an attendee, my second as a speaker, and this gathering has become something of a spring time ritual for me. Others may look at the temperature, the dogwoods or the daffodils, but Hotsos is how I know spring is here, even if it did snow in Texas last year.I can divide my life as a DBA into three distinct phases:Phase one: I was given a server (DEC Alpha 2100

God rest ye merry gentlemen ...

Unbelievable ... it's already been two weeks since I returned from UKOUG. I enjoyed this year's conference even more than last year, in part because I paced myself better. I was reunited with many wonderful friends and made some new ones too. Add to that a week of top notch presentations, some excellent dinners with good company and it was absolutely perfect.So here are a few of the