Since achieving my RHCE last November I've taken things easy: for three months I've done nothing but relaxing and gaming to wind down from the big effort. But now it's time to pick up the slack again!
Over the past years I've worked with many Unix systems and I've also worked with with monitoring, deployment and security systems. However, I've never done any work with databases! And that's changed now that I'm in a scrum team that manages an application which runs on Websphere and Oracle. So here I go! I really want to know what I'm working with, instead of just picking up some random terms left and right.
Starting per March, I'm studying Oracle 11. And to keep myself motivated I've set myself the goal of achieving basic Oracle certification, which in this case comes in the shape of the OCA (Oracle Certified Associate). The certification consists of two exams: a database technology part and an SQL part, the latter of which may be taken online.
This is going to be very challenging for me, as I've never been a good programmer. Learning SQL well enough to write the small programs associated with the exam is going to be exciting but hard :)
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