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Wich road to go down... Oracle or MS?

Discussion in 'SQL Exams' started by fatp, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. fatp

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    Hi Guys,

    Having looked at going down the Database Administrator / Developer route in IT, i have come to a roadblock... I really wanna learn SQL and have studied a module at university but nothing substantial to give me concrete knowledge so to speak! I only have a basic understanding.

    I cant decide whether to go down the "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MCTS / MCITP (DBA / Developer)" or " Oracle 11G OCA" route.

    I know they are both highly thought of RDBM'S, but what to go for?

    Any advice would be great!

    Cheers.
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    Not sure what others would think but I think that Oracle and PL/SQL would be the way to go if you want to be a database guy.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Which do you have the opportunity to work with?
     
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  4. fatp

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    Michael,

    I have sql server 2005 at work.
     
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  5. zebulebu

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    Then there's your answer - look at SQL Server.

    That said, you don't need either of them if you want to learn SQL. Just download a copy of MySQL and learn using that - there are differences in every implementation of SQL, but at a beginners level they are pretty minimal, only having an impact when you start looking at things like transaction processing, stored procedures and whatnot.

    Incidentally, SQL Server is a much better bet to learn if you want to be more 'well-rounded'. Learn Oracle and you'll pretty much be an Oracle bod. Learn SQL Server and, because it powers most off the shelf products that need a database (in its Express or MSDE versions) you'll be an expert on the back-end of those products.
     
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  6. fatp

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    Cheers zeb. useful info.

    Yeah, the sql server at work is actually used for backend stuff so I cant play around with it, so to speak. Other programs depend on it...

    The network manager would have me... if you know what i mean!

    fatP
     
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  7. fatp

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    I'm in the process of downloading mysql. yipee for open source!

    Gonna have more than just a play... I'm thinking of creating a call logging system for work. They are creating using rdbms's and I think it'll be a good learnin curve 4 me!
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    Exactly this. :)
     
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  9. fatp

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    Right, well just thougth I'd give an update on my progress.

    I decided that before actually choosing a specific SQL implementation either:
    ( MS Sql Server -> T-SQL, Oracle -> PLSQL, IBM DB2 -> SQL/DS )

    I would brush on my basic SQL / RDBMS theory. I then got the SQL for Dummies book and am flying through it. Its all coming back to me from the modules I did at uni. DDL/DML/DCL/Normalisation/OLTP/OLAP etc. I have implemented a call management system at work to brush up on my db theory. Stuiff like tables, querys, views, reports, etc. The boss is impressed and will go live in september 09.

    I have choose to learn the sql server 2008 platform and certify myself on either the 'Database Developer' or 'Database Administrator' track by first getting the relvant mcts and then mcitp.
     
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  10. UKDarkstar
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    Well done m8 ! Good for you !
     
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