Should My Son Become an Oracle DBA or SQL Server DBA?
My oldest son asked me for some career advice a few years ago. He was torn between going down the path of becoming an Oracle Database administrator or going down the path of being a Microsoft SQL Server DBA. My son asked me share with him what I thought he should do.
Before I share with you the answer I gave my son and why. A little background information on myself. I started my career with Oracle version 3. I was lucky enough early on to also work with both Sybase and SQL Server. At different points in time I have been active in both the Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server community.
Both the Oracle RDMS and Microsoft SQL Server database are great products. Just attend any event and by the second time, you will feel like you are with people you have know a very long time. Where I think SQL Server has a huge advantage is their community. The SQL Server community is a family of people who care and are passionate about the technology. There are constantly venues all over the world where you can go to better yourself Microsoft’s technology for little of no money. Yes for little or no money.
When I go to different events like VMWorld and I ask how many people have ever heard of SQL Saturday I am always amazed at how few people raise there hands. Usually less that 100 out of a thousand have heard of the events.
A SQL Saturdays are a mini conference where you can learn about all facets of Microsoft’s technology. You give up a Saturday, and for the cost of lunch you will receive a full days of education with others who are there to share and learn. My hat goes off to the Board of the Professional Association of SQL Server. Who have through smart leadership nurtured SQL Saturdays and the many local volunteers who make them possible. This and many other reasons is why I said to my Son, go down the path and become a SQL Server DBA.
If you care about being a better Professional and you work with MIcrosoft SQL Server, then make time to attend one of these upcoming events.
|Dec 06, 2014||SQLSaturday #359 – Istanbul 2014|
|Dec 06, 2014||SQLSaturday #351 – Lima 2014|
|Dec 06, 2014||SQLSaturday #347 – Washington DC 2014|
|Dec 13, 2014||SQLSaturday #356 – Slovenia 2014|
|Dec 13, 2014||SQLSaturday #354 – Charleston 2014|
|Jan 17, 2015||SQLSaturday #363 – Nashville 2015|
|Jan 19, 2015||SQLSaturday #360 – Israel 2015|
|Jan 24, 2015||SQLSaturday #346 – El Salvador 2015|
|Jan 31, 2015||SQLSaturday #362 – Austin 2015|
|Feb 07, 2015||SQLSaturday #365 – Melbourne 2015|
|Feb 07, 2015||SQLSaturday #357 – Cleveland 2015|
|Feb 07, 2015||SQLSaturday #358 – Albuquerque 2015|
|Feb 28, 2015||SQLSaturday #374 – Vienna 2015|
|Feb 28, 2015||SQLSaturday #371 – Tampa 2015|
|Feb 28, 2015||SQLSaturday #370 – Phoenix 2015|
|Mar 28, 2015||SQLSaturday #367 – Pordenone 2015|
|Mar 28, 2015||SQLSaturday #375 – Silicon Valley 2015|
|Apr 18, 2015||SQLSaturday #376 – Budapest 2015|
|Apr 18, 2015||SQLSaturday #364 – Boston 2015|
|Apr 18, 2015||SQLSaturday #368 – Costa Rica 2015|
|Apr 25, 2015||SQLSaturday #372 – Exeter 2015|
|Apr 25, 2015||SQLSaturday #361 – Joinville 2015|
|Apr 25, 2015||SQLSaturday #366 – Ottawa 2015|
|May 09, 2015||SQLSaturday #339 – Shanghai 2015|
|May 09, 2015||SQLSaturday #373 – Puerto Rico 2015|
|May 16, 2015||SQLSaturday #369 – Lisbon 2015|
|May 23, 2015||SQLSaturday #377 – Kiev 2015|
|May 23, 2015||SQLSaturday #378 – Curacao 2015|
|May 30, 2015||SQLSaturday #380 – New York City 2015|
|Jun 13, 2015||SQLSaturday #379 – South Florida 2015|
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